From the outside looking in one would surmise that being rich solves problems. But on the other hand, reality would prove that being rich creates more problems than one would like to deal with. So it goes for the Getty family in ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD.
The film recounts the real-life thriller of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, 16 year old grandson of J. Paul Getty, one of the wealthiest men in the oil industry. He is supposedly the first to ever acquire billions.
The mother of John Paul Getty III is divorced from Getty’s son. In exchange for full custody of her children, she made a deal with the family to not take any monies after the divorce. Stupid you say?!?! Yes, me too! I would have probably went for half custody; with a pay-out. I’m just saying…..
Fast forward… a group of criminals demand a $17 million ransom from Gail, the young John’s mother for his release. Bad move on the kidnappers part. Because, the mom has no money. So she pleads with granddad, Getty, to pay the ransom. He’s not about to do anything if it doesn’t yield him a tax write-off.
As the kidnapping drags on for weeks, which turns into months, Gail is determined to get her son back with the help of Getty’s head of security, a former CIA operative named Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg). Not only is the boy being held hostage, but the thugs are threatening to torture and kill him. Eventually, we learn that John has his reasons for refusing to pay the ransom.
Getty finally agrees to put up the highest amount of ransom he can that’s tax deductible, but it’s not enough. So Gail gets desperate and comes up with a reckless plan to save her son.
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, is a great watch. You’ll get some action-oriented scenes, some interesting chases and escapes and a worthwhile time spent watching the cast glide through the film. Some of the best scenes in the film are the ones in which Plummer’s J Paul Getty behaves with an unbelievable meanness.
Cast includes: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Plummer, Romain Duris.