2018 (UK), Drama/Mystery, 2h 15m
Starring: Charlie Plummer, Michelle Williams,
Kevin Spacey, oh – Christopher Plummer & Mark Wahlberg
All the Money in the World follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.
Ridley Scott’s uneven pacing and constant change in tone might be a detrimental factor to those expecting an exciting thriller but Christopher Plummer knocks it out of the park with his great performance.
Despite the now infamous last-minute tinkering due to the information which came out regarding Kevin Spacey; the movie seems to get over the recasting quite well – it’s just a shame that the movie wasn’t that great to begin with.
The film felt too mechanical in the way it sets up and executed the high-stakes kidnapping at its centre.
The last act is very suspenseful and intense, but by that point you’re probably already going to be bored and clock watching what makes the experience as a whole quite a drag.