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The Hummingbird Project (2018)

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A pair of high-frequency traders go up against their old boss in an effort to make millions in a fiber-optic cable deal.

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Kim Nguyen

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Kim Nguyen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Eisenberg ... Vincent Zaleski
Alexander Skarsgård ... Anton Zaleski
Salma Hayek ... Eva Torres
Michael Mando ... Mark Vega
Johan Heldenbergh ... Amish Elder
Ayisha Issa ... Ophelia Troller
Mark Slacke Mark Slacke ... Tasso Casilieris
Sarah Goldberg ... Mascha
Frank Schorpion ... Bryan Taylor
Kwasi Songui ... Ray Engineer
Conrad Pla ... Agent Santana
Julian Bailey ... Elliot
Jessica Greco ... Dr. Bloom
Robert Reynolds ... Gas Station Owner
Wyatt Bowen ... Hotel Clerk
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In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Eisenberg) and Anton (Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of High Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a fiber-optic cable straight 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 breaking point on their quixotic adventure. Constantly breathing down their necks is their old boss Eva Torres (Hayek) a powerful, intoxicating and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them and beat them at their own game. No matter what the cost, Vincent and Anton are determined to cut through America, only to find redemption at the end of their line, not through money, but through family and reconnecting to the land.

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Everything Is On The Line. See more »

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Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »
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Belgium | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2019 (Canada) See more »

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The Hummingbird Project See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,202, 17 March 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$112,532, 24 March 2019
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Item 7, Belga Productions See more »
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Alexander Skarsgård's eyeglasses show no refraction during the film, indicating they are only cosmetic. See more »

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Eva Torres: I can make your life hell if I decide to.
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Offbeat, gripping cyber thriller, a tad patchy
23 March 2019 | by PotassiumManSee all my reviews

Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard are entrepreneurs who undertake an audacious venture to deliver a fiber optic cable from Kansas to the New York Stock Exchange that is faster than all the other portals by just enough to make a staggering difference in market returns. In choosing to take this gamble, they wind up using valuable information obtained from working for their former boss (an effectively domineering Salma Hayek) whom they now find is their competition.

Although this is a well-acted film, its momentum is a bit erratic. The storyline never loses its energy but the plot sometimes takes peculiar detours. This ambitious enterprise is fraught with the emotional imbalance of its two dissimilar protagonists, one a highly calculating salesman (Eisenberg) and the other a neurotic computer wiz (Skarsgard). We discover that each one has motivations of his own. As considerable opposites, they keep the film's dynamic engaging.

Some of the film's best moments are when these two aspiring masters of the universe find the core principles behind their work being challenged by the citizenry they cross paths with. The film takes a mild-mannered look at the ethics of the project but mostly lets the audience judge for itself. Recommended as workmanlike filmmaking on obscure but compelling material.


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