Trailer: All the Money in the World
Ridley Scott's take on the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty's teenage grandson John Paul III hit the headlines way before the start of its promotional campaign thanks to the sexual misconduct scandal that engulfed its star Kevin Spacey.
Scott's quick decision to cut Spacey out of the near-finished film and replace him with Christopher Plummer in the role of Getty ensured his film ended the year as one of the most talked about and highly anticipated.
The 80-year-filmmaker worked with a nimbleness not seen in directors half his age, reshooting 22 scenes in nine days, at a cost of £7 million, in locations across three countries.
He delivered the refinished film in five weeks, still making it in time for a qualifying screening for the Golden Globes. Astonishingly none of that is apparent in the finished film, which with Plummer onboard for a mesmerising turn as the billionaire oil magnate, delivers an absorbing, fascinating story of the ruthless oil baron's greed and obsession with money.
Based on John Pearson's 1995 book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty, All the Money in the World stars Michelle Williams as Abigail Harris the mother of 16-year-old John Paul (Charlie Plummer), who is abducted on the streets of Rome by the Calabrian Mob on 10 July 1973.
Through flashbacks we learn that Paul's parents are divorced and Gail rejected any alimony in exchange for full custody of her children in the divorce settlement, so she does not have the means to pay the ransom. She travels to Getty's estate to implore him to pay up, but he publicly refuses, stating that it would encourage further kidnappings of his family members.
The media picks up on the story, with many believing Gail to be secretly rich and blaming her for not paying the ransom.
Meanwhile, Getty asks Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg), a Getty Oil negotiator and former CIA operative, to investigate the case and secure Paul's release. He soon becomes Gail's ally against both the kidnappers and the grandfather. And French actor Romain Duris stars as Cinquanta, the English-speaking mouthpiece for the kidnappers.