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Old January 14th, 2018, 10:45 AM
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Ashdoc's movie review---All the money in the world

Oil tycoon John Paul Getty---the richest man in the world . But a mean miser with money....or maybe I am being too harsh on him , because his mean ways were obviously what earned him all the money in the first place . However , does all the money in the world matter when your precious grandson is kidnapped and the possibility arises that you will not be able to see him ever ? It does , especially if you are John Paul Getty . The old man fears that a precedent of him paying ransom money may spark off further kidnappings of other family members for money and simply refuses to pay at first .

And the refusal to pay money sets in motion a long saga of the grandson's suffering in captivity , of his mother running from pillar to post to try to do something to get her son back , of his grandfather sending his ex CIA dealmaker to try get the grandson out by making a deal with the kidnappers , of the Italian police meddling in...for the grandson has been kidnapped in Italy .

What makes you really feel for the family of the kidnapped boy is the acting by Michelle Williams as Gail Harris---the boy's mother . Her struggle to eke out the required amount from the hard old man Getty , her expression when she gets false news that her son has been killed , her relief when she finds out that he is not dead , her repeated meetings with Getty's dealmaker Fletcher Chase ( played by Mark Wahlberg ) in her quest to get her son free , her tears and her efforts---all make you really empathise with situation she finds herself in .

Michelle's great acting is however outmatched by Christopher Plummer as Getty , who plays a person as tough minded as a billionaire who has earned his billions through sheer hard work ought to be . In private he does care for his kidnapped grandson , but seems almost loathe to admit it....as if it would be a insult to a man in his power and position to bow before a bunch of mere thugs who hold the grandson . And he does not care for the heartache he gives to the boy's mother with such a hardened attitude .

As the matter spirals out of control due to the boy being sold to another gang and his escape attempt nearly succeeding but failing , and Getty's miserly attitude resulting in the kidnappers cutting off one ear of his grandson , it is left to the deal maker to show some conscience and threaten the powerful old man into parting with his money by literally grabbing his arm .

The movie which is based on real events unfolds as a thriller that relies more on the acting of it's protagonists than it's action . And it relies on the tension on the faces of the protagonists and the sweat created by the tension on their brows to hold us in it's grip . The publicity generated by the kidnapping and the photographers and news reporters falling over themselves to report the news adds to the tension .

Background music is appropriate for the situations and photography is decent , but colours are grim just like the scenes . The movie does keep us on tenterhooks for a long time as to the fate of the kidnapped boy . But amazingly , the film makes you worry more about what the mother will go through if he does not return home than what will happen to the boy himself . And watching the relief on the mother's face when she finds her boy is just priceless . Watching 'All the money in the world' is certainly your money's worth .

Verdict---Good .

Four stars out of five .
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Old January 16th, 2018, 10:02 AM
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I remember a similar movie where a millionaire actually announces some reward to get the kidnappers or something. Everybody curses him for putting the sons life in danger.
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---All the money in the world

Why does the Title say "Ashdoc's movie review---All the money in the world"? If Ashdoc is posting it, isn't it obvious that it's his movie review. Why does he have to refer to himself as a third person. I believe, it should say "My movie review .....".

Can mod please change the title?
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Why does the Title say "Ashdoc's movie review---All the money in the world"? If Ashdoc is posting it, isn't it obvious that it's his movie review. Why does he have to refer to himself as a third person. I believe, it should say "My movie review .....".

Can mod please change the title?
Many people search for my reviews on Google. Titling it as 'ashdoc's movie reviews' makes the search easy .

Anyway it was a former mod ( tantric yogi) who suggested titling it that way .
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I remember a similar movie where a millionaire actually announces some reward to get the kidnappers or something. Everybody curses him for putting the sons life in danger.
This was "Ransom", Mel Gibson in it. Was so impressed the first time that I ended up seeing again in the cinema hall and then a couple of times on TV
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Why does the Title say "Ashdoc's movie review---All the money in the world"? If Ashdoc is posting it, isn't it obvious that it's his movie review. Why does he have to refer to himself as a third person. I believe, it should say "My movie review .....".

Can mod please change the title?
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it should actually say my movie review - by ashdoc... he could actually be pasting someone else's 'my movie review'


ashdoc - please take lightly....
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