Michael Douglas is back as Gordon Gekko in the second trailer from “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.” The movie is shaping up to be a tense study of Wall Street greed that only director Oliver Stone can deliver.
The clip features the Rolling Stones’ tune, “Sympathy For The Devil,” which couldn’t provide a better backdrop for a movie about Wall Street greed that triggered the worst recession since the Great Depression.
Douglas appears in the trailer along with Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan and Shia LaBeouf.
The first trailer was a scene-setter that showed Gekko being released from prison, picking up from his arrest at the end of the original movie.
This one sheds a little more light on the plot. Douglas’ Gekko has written a book, and is looking to reconcile with his daughter, to whom he has not spoken in years.
She happens to be dating LaBeouf, who plays a Wall Street trader. This time, hedge funds are the instruments of destruction instead of rapacious takeover firms.
The Oliver Stone-directed movie plays off the current economy calamity heralded by the collapse of Wall Street.
Wall Street banks are as arrogant and as greedy as ever, even though they needed a multi-billion dollar taxpayer bailout to avoid collapse. That should really prime the audience for this potboiler.
(Warning plot spoilers ahead)
The film takes place 20 years after the original, and this time Gekko is sort of a good guy!
He attempts to warn Wall Street about the impending stock market crash, but he is a modern day Cassandra, thanks to his long stretch in jail on fraud charges.
He enlists the help of Jacob, played by LaBeouf to help win back the affections of his daughter, Winnie, who is engaged to Jacob. Winnie hasn’t spoken to her father since he went to jail.
In return, Gekko helps Jacob scheme to exact revenge on the man he blames for his mentor’s death.
The film was largely filmed in Midtown Manhattan and features some great scenes of New York City. Even Charlie Sheen makes a cameo appearance.
The movie opens nationwide on April 21.