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A criminal thriller with strong themes of drama, directed by the renowned Ridley Scott, with the leading performances of Christopher Plummer, Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg.
Based on real events, the film brings us J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer) American oil tycoon, excellent bon vivant, lover of women, art collector and one of the richest men in the United States of America.
In the story we see him as older, but not devoid of elegance and, above all, tenacity, stubbornness and possibly the arrogance and greed that undoubtedly labeled him as a business tycoon.
All the Money in the World is focused on the kidnapping of his grandson, John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer), who at the time was sixteen and a true daddy's boy who was partying while trying to exploit a certain artistic talent he had for goldsmithing and painting. The boy was kidnapped in Rome, in Piazza Farnese, around three in the morning. The kidnappers communicated with the parents, and soon they contacted the millionaire grandfather; And Scott shows us Gail Harris, the mother, portrayed by Michelle Williams with incredible anguish.
Getty refused to pay the ransom and argued that if he did it once, he would put his other thirteen grandchildren in danger of being kidnapped. The businessman was, no doubt, a sly fox in business, and his reasons for not paying seventeen million dollars did not lack in validity. But of course, that logic of steel could bring terrible consequences to his grandson, and himself, at the cost of public opinion.
However, Scott presents what happened in the interim between his grandson and the kidnappers. The situation is bearable at first, however as the winter begins to appear the boy, who is in a cave, begins to suffer through the batters of weather. Then, the kidnappers commit a few mistakes that forces them to surrender the boy to a much more aggressive and uncompromising criminal gang. In parallel, Getty uses the services of Fletcher Chace (Mark Wahlberg), a negotiator from Getty Oil and a former FBI agent. Chace will not only have to deal with these ruthless criminals, but also with his boss, who will not stop adding pressure to an already existing difficult situation.
Ridley Scott, the director, truly needs no introduction as he is the the creator of two classics: Alien (1987) and Blade Runner (1982). His most brilliant era was in the eighties, yet he has not stopped making films since then, with successes that have stood the test of time such as Thelma & Louise (1991), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), and more recent films such as, The Counselor (2013), The Martian (2015), or his continuations of his stories such as Prometheus (2012), and Alien: Covenant (2017). In this opportunity, Scott arrives from cosmos of cinema and makes a film much alike The Counselor or Body of Lies (2008), both thrillers about crime and police.
An added note: with less than a month before the film’s premiere, Kevin Spacey’s sexual accusation scandal broke in the news; as he was originally cast as Grandpa J. Paul Getty. The studio and Scott decided to remove the actor from the film, and re-shoot 22 scenes where he appeared. To replace him, they decided to call Christopher Plummer. The actor of eighty-eight years and the director (of eighty) met in London and Plummer agreed to take on the challenge, visibly seen on screen. The first big undertaking was to reunite the actors of such scenes followed by shooting in record time, in nine days with eighteen hour shooting sessions. In the end, Plummer received nominations for Best Supporting Actor in both the Oscars and the Golden Globe.
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