Martin Scorcese is back at it this year with his latest film, The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, and Rob Reiner. The movie is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a man who found himself consumed by the money, power, and high-stakes lifestyle of Wall Street.
The film follows Belfort from his childhood as a shy kid who wanted to become involved with finance, to a greedy and semi-psychotic man who watches his life go up in flames because of his obsession with money, drugs, women, and partying. A fantastic salesman, he teaches his partner Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) everything he knows about selling stocks. The two assemble a team of derelicts who help them run a ponzi scheme, in which they become filthy rich by selling penny stocks to wealthy people who can afford to lose money on stocks worth very little. It is not until they are approached by FBI agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler), who has been investigating their practices, that they realize their scheme may be the end of their fraudulent business and absurdly expensive lifestyle. The men continue to run their scheme while placing money in off-shore bank accounts to avoid being penalized for illegal activity in the stock exchange. While the film does focus much of its attention on the way these men conned their clients, it does not spare us scenes of intense drug use, prostitution, corruption, crime, and decadent lifestyles that are rumored to be “normal” for a Wall Street worker.
Check out the film, which is in theaters now, and these ten cool alternative movie posters for The Wolf of Wall Street below!