Set in (mostly) one location and told in real time, Money Monster follows the story of Lee Gates (George Clooney), a financial TV talk show host who is directed by Patty Fen (Julia Roberts). Not long into one of his shows, a young man named Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell) breaks onto the set, disguised as a delivery man. Armed with a gun, he forces Patty to keep the cameras rolling while he straps a bomb to Lee and threatens to blow everybody up if they cut the feed. It's a race against the clock as everyone frantically tries to find out the answers this guy wants before he kills everyone in the studio.
For the most part, it's just three characters trying to talk their way out of a very delicate situation, with other characters coming and going from time to time, each elevating the plot forward. The three performances are unbelievably good. I will watch anything with George Clooney or Julia Roberts (except for Mothers Day because screw that), and they certainly delivered, Clooney especially. He can be funny when he needs to be, but also nails the seriousness of the whole thing, and it helps a lot when Jack O'Connell, who is a star in the making, gives another sensationally gripping performance.
To sum up, Money Monster is a very well put together and delightfully simple edge of your seat thriller with brilliant performances from George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O'Connell, as well as confident direction from Jodi Foster. You don't need to rush out and see this movie, but if you do, it's worthwhile.