Starring:George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West and Giancarlo Esposito. Written by Alan Di Fore, Jim Kouf and Jamie Linden. Directed by Jodie Foster. Budget $27 million and 98 minute running time.
When laborer Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell) loses his life savings of $60,000 after investing in Walt Camby (Dominic West)'s company thanks to the rabid advice of TV financial pundit Lee Gates (George Clooney) he does the only thing a man in his position can do. He marches down to the TV studio and takes Gates hostage live on air, forcing him to put on a bomb vest, before demanding answers as to how the company Gates promoted could have lost $800 million due to a 'computer glitch' in the company's automated trading algorithm.
With only his producer, Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) talking to him through his earpiece from the control room and the police eager to storm the studio and kill Budwell by shooting Gates, it's a race against time to find out the truth behind the huge loss.
This starts off fantastically, with a great turns from Jack O'Connell, George Clooney and Julia Roberts, but as the film progresses it turns from an intriguing exploration of the stock-market as seen as a metaphor for the banking crisis, into a typical thriller with a race against time to uncover the vast global conspiracy behind the loss and the greed of the big baddy, Walt Camby.
This is an okay thriller, directed with skill by Jodie Foster that despite becoming quite generic is still an entertaining enough view.