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The Hummingbird Project

Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård are sensational as scheming cousins on a lucrative but ethically dubious mission, in this fast, funny and topical technological caper.

Dir-Scr Kim Nguyen
Prod Pierre Even
With Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek
Canada-Belgium
2018
111min
Sales HanWay Films

The son of a Russian plumber with big drilling dreams of his own, Vincent Zaleski is an ethically untroubled high-frequency trader, transmitting stock-market data faster than a hummingbird beats its wings. Zaleski and his computer-genius cousin Anton can gain a lucrative edge on competitors by tunnelling a fibre-optic cable through the heart of America. Canadian filmmaker Kim Nguyen pits this scheming duo against furious former boss Eva Torres (Salma Hayek, going full Cruella de Vil) in a quick-witted caper that questions the moral and environmental cost of high-speed capitalism. Jesse Eisenberg gives a quintessentially Eisenbergian performance as Cousin Vinny, while Alexander Skarsgård has fun playing against sex symbol type as the balding, lumbering, socially awkward Anton.

Manish Agarwal

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