Money (2016) Movie Review by Darrin Gauthier

MONEY

Director: Martín Rosete
Writer: Josep Ciutat
Stars: Jesse Williams, Kellan Lutz, Jamie Bamber

Plot:  Two wealthy businessmen are about to get away with $5 million in ill-gotten money until their plans are revealed by an uninvited house guest.
Running Time: 86 minutes
IMDB Score: 6.1

Why I watched it: Mostly the cast and the plot.

Thoughts: First off, what a generic title and poster for a movie especially made for DVD.  The title is hard to find on IMDB.

What I liked: Really the only thing I liked was Jamie Bamber, he’s the best actor and had the best character, he wasn’t that fleshed out but he was interesting and has charisma so he’s fun to watch.  I like the set up of his character and the turn, he’s a cool bad ass for the most part.

For most of the movie it’s five people and one location and I do think it’s played as s smart home invasion just with less violence.  Plus the cat and mouse element does keep you guessing about the characters and their motivations.

What I didn’t like: The main problem with the film is that it’s too long even at 86 minutes, it gets repetitive and also the cat and mouse game gets tired and then we play who has the gun and who has control.  The tension was good to start and even Bamber’s character gets boring after a bit cause he just keeps saying and doing the same thing.

The script is another huge problem three out of the five characters are badly written and are more made up of cliches then true characteristics.  Plus Lutz and Weixler give bad performances, Weixler seems so bland and speaks so monotone I thought a plot point was going to be she’s always medicated.  Lutz is just boring he doesn’t bring anything to the table except his looks.

Jesse Williams is stuck with the most cliched character of the bunch, we know right away what he’s there for and what will happen to him. The third act gets downright dumb, there are plot points that make no sense, characters do things that they shouldn’t be able to do and the end hinges on a side character we meet one and we have no idea who he is.

Final thoughts: The film has a decent first act but goes downhill from there, I liked Bamber and Lucia Guerrero might be someone to watch, she was at least better than her material here would like to see her in a better movie.

Rating: 4/10

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