Money Monster review: not so much a hot tip, more a solid investment

There?s nothing wildly original about Jodie Foster's latest, but strong turns from the bankable leads make it worth a punt

“A well-balanced, impressively tense chamber piece”: George Clooney and Julia Roberts in Money Monster

“A well-balanced, impressively tense chamber piece”: George Clooney and Julia Roberts in Money Monster

Following its recent premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, more than a few critics suggested that Jodie Foster’s snappy, unpretentious thriller seemed to have crawled unaltered from the 1990s. There’s something in that. The picture has a flat, unseasoned look to it that suggests Clintonian sophistry and the first Britney Spears LP.

The hostage-taker-as-celebrity conceit points back further to films such as Dog Day Afternoon and The King of Comedy. So, there’s nothing hugely original about Money Monster. It is, however, encouraging to experience a film that tells its story with such admirable economy. Films featuring stars this huge rarely wind down with so little fuss.

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