11. Money Monster
It seems like this is the year for money-themed films (thanks a lot The Big Short).
This is another project whose success could be guaranteed off of its rather impressive ensemble. Firstly, you have Jodie Foster behind the camera which is intriguing enough. Foster has directed the well-received box office bomb, The Beaver, as well as several episodes of Orange Is The New Black and House Of Cards. This is her biggest project as a director to date but it’s clear some big names are confident in her abilities.
The film’s cast includes George Clooney, Jack O’Connell and Julia Roberts, which is nothing to sneeze at. It follows a Jim Cramer-type television persona who is taken hostage on-air by a desperate man who lost everything in the financial collapse. It’s the kind of twist that could make the topic of the stock market more appealing to the larger audience.
Tomorrowland and Monuments Men has shown us that Clooney’s name doesn’t always ensure box office gold, and Jack O’Connell is still looking for that breakout film. But film-goers will likely be curious as to what brought all this talent to the table. That combined with the topical plot means that Money Monster has a lot of potential.