The Hummingbird Project review – software, stocks, and surprising thrills

Part thriller, part family drama, part satirical commentary on the way that the pursuit of wealth is a cultural cancer that taints everything it touches, The Hummingbird Project is no less compelling for its odd mishmash of components.

Jesse Eisenberg, reprising the nervy, sweat-stained angst of his performance in The Social Network, plays Vincent Zaleski. Alexander Skarsgård, cast entertainingly against type, is Vincent’s socially awkward computer whiz cousin Anton. Vincent has a dream – to make millions by shaving milliseconds off the connection between the New York Stock Exchange and Kansas by laying a fibreoptic cable across the country.

Anton is browbeaten into leaving his job working for stock-dealing sociopath Eva (Salma Hayek, having indecent amounts of fun with the role) in order to finesse the computer codes. A film about boring tunnels and crunching numbers has no right being this entertaining, although writer-director Kim Nguyen wisely throws wildcard plot devices like terminal disease and an FBI investigation into the mix to add to the jeopardy.

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