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Director Costa-Gavras takes a vaguely facetious tone toward the evils of global finance, which he concludes is a game for gluttonous boys.
It's a bit like what The Godfather would have been if it had been set in "The Bank of Evil" from Despicable Me -- and if its antihero were a cipher instead of Michael Corleone.
What's lacking is most surprising from this dissident filmmaker: the emotional outrage.
The famously left-leaning Costa-Gavras is preaching to the choir in his indignation, but he does so in slick, brisk fashion.
In the end, "Capital" is just a dark comic sketch of bald-faced greed, with little nuance or real feeling.
"Capital" is too cynical to ever really suggest that redemption is possible. Not that anyone watching will even care.
A fast-paced, cynical piece of entertainment that serves as a surprisingly simple criticism of our uneven system of dollars and cents.
Costa-Gavras certainly found an intriguing leading man in Elmaleh, with his ice-cold stare that may remind audiences of Steve McQueen at his most penetrating.
"Capital" isn't as good as "Margin Call" or "Arbitrage," in part because Costa-Gavras holds these characters in such contempt rather than trying to understand what motivates their insatiable greed.
It's about a callous bunch of high stakes financial market players who are out to rob the poor to give to the rich.
"Capital" gives an intriguing look into the high-level workings of corporate Europe through the eyes of Tourneuil in an effective character study.
Capital's chief pleasure is also a huge limitation: in all its merciless hubris, it's smartly, stylishly blank.
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