Jake Schreier’s feature debut, scripted by comic writer-actor Christopher D. Ford
jumps a step into the future where Frank (Frank Langella), an aging
jewel thief, is forced to accept a robot caretaker (voiced by Peter
Sarsgaard) from his son (James Marsden), but before long Frank and the
robot are planning a heist together.
Oliver Stone makes a winning attempt at staying true to his original 'Wall Street' storytelling about the warped mentality of the center of the economic universe. In keeping with the energized rhythms of his 1987 film, when greed was "good" (now it's "legal"), Stone masterfully applies stylistic, narrative and character details. Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon impeccably fulfill their dream-team roles. Grade: B.
Richard Kelly certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of ambition. His latest apocalyptic thriller — after the cult-ratified 'Donnie Darko' (2001) and the willfully obtuse 'Southland Tales' (2006), neither of which did squat upon their initial theatrical releases — is rife with impressive production design, a genuine sense of creepy foreboding and an overarching seriousness rare in a contemporary genre film. The guy no doubt knows his Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock. Grade: C plus.