The Hummingbird Project

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Smart and well-acted, The Hummingbird Project marks a flawed yet undeniably intriguing addition to writer-director Kim Nguyen's filmography.

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In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of High-Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a straight fiber-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. But nothing is straightforward for this flawed pair. Anton is the brains, Vincent is the hustler, and together they push each other and everyone around them to the breaking point with their quixotic adventure. Constantly breathing down their necks is their old boss Eva Torres (Salma Hayek), a powerful, intoxicating and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them and beat them at their own game.

Cast

Jesse Eisenberg
as Vincent Zaleski
Alexander Skarsgård
as Anton Zaleski
Salma Hayek
as Eva Torres
Michael Mando
as Mark Vega
Johan Heldenbergh
as Amish Elder

Critic Reviews for The Hummingbird Project

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (50)

  • What might have made for either a thrilling, high-stakes drama or, at the very least, an intelligent comedy, ends up wildly uneven.

    March 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's typical of a movie, written and directed by the Canadian film-maker Kim Nguyen, that hits all the right genre beats while consistently reaching for something more.

    June 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It's the kind of verbose corporate parable David Mamet would sit down to write after a heavy night on the sauce.

    June 13, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • A finance story that stretches beyond the usual coke-addled Wall Street traders.

    June 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's an odd tale, but in its sneaky way, an unexpectedly engaging one.

    April 25, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • [A]n invigorating snapshot of greed that examines how far competitors will go to gain even the slightest fraction of an edge over their rivals in the stock market.

    March 29, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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