Cinema of the Week: All the Money in the World

Kristen Hines, Columnist • khines14@ehc.edu

It’s not a movie that’s incredibly popular, nor for the faint of heart, but it’s a historical movie that is definitely worth your time. ‘All the Money in the World’ is a movie adaptation about the famous Getty Kidnapping that happened back in 1973.

Who is Getty? Well, Jean Paul Getty was probably one of the richest men in the world, having owned a successful oil firm. However, in 1973, his grandson, J. Paul Getty III was kidnapped for a ransom of 17 million dollars. Those are the downsides of being related to a super rich family member. The kidnapping got more attention than it should’ve due to the fact that Jean Paul Getty refused to pay the ransom and even went as far as to negotiate it with the grandson’s kidnappers. While the grandson was safely returned, the harshness of what happened to him and the circumstances around it was enough to leave an impact on those involved.

The movie focuses on the point of view of both the young kidnapped Getty and his mother, who is the main protagonist of the movie. We see her struggle with the fact that she’s not exactly close to her father-in-law, due to her marrying into the family, and butting heads with him over the fact that he won’t pay her son’s ransom, which is an amount he can easily pay. While his reasoning is somewhat sound, not wanting to tip off any future kidnappings of his multiple grandchildren, the tension is high, especially when the kidnappers start getting impatient and take it out on their young hostage.

With great performances by Mark Wahlberg, Christopher Plummer, and Michelle Williams, this movie is a dramatic watch that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It’s bittersweet atmosphere from start to finish, gives it a realistic vibe that’s not seen often in true story movies. But be warned as this movie is rated R for a reason, so tread carefully.

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