Ridley Scott is a moviemaking machine. The man is 79 years old and All The Money In The World will be his second feature of 2017 when it hits screens in December (the other was Alien: Covenant). There are in effect two Ridley Scotts: the one who makes big budget spectacles (Gladiator, Prometheus, Blade Runner) and another who dabbles in character-based drama (Thelma And Louise, A Good Year, Matchstick Men). The 1970s-set All The Money In The World appears to fall into the latter category.
All The Money In The World follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Kevin Spacey) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.