7:30 PM, 15th March, 2018
When allegations of sexual misconduct were laid against Kevin Spacey, his career wasn’t the only thing imploding; his latest film was also caught in the crossfire. Not wanting the work of hundreds of cast and crew to go to waste, director Ridley Scott – having just turned the sprightly age of 80 – opted to reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes in the already-completed film, just six weeks before its release.
And this is the end result, with Christopher Plummer subbing in for the disgraced Spacey as J. Paul Getty, the wealthy oil tycoon whose grandson was kidnapped by the Italian mob in 1973. When the boy’s mother (Williams) is unable to convince her erstwhile father-in-law to pay the relatively-paltry $17 million ransom, she allies herself with a former CIA operative (Wahlberg) in a desperate race against time to set her son free.
While the behind-the-scenes drama may prove inextricable from what appears on screen, All the Money in the World deserves praise regardless for being a handsomely made, precisely tuned thriller that hits all of the right notes. Plummer, in particular, is terrific as the parsimonious billionaire – especially for someone who was astonishingly cast only weeks before the film hit cinemas.