The Hummingbird Project takes a fascinating satirical look at the pursuit of wealth and power and it repercussions as an intense thriller/drama. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Salma Hayek, this compelling drama has some great comical moments whilst also maintaining it’s moral. A film about tunnels, number crunch and technology may not sound entertaining, but writer-director Kim Nguyen (Two Lovers and a Bear, Eye on Juliet) intelligently drops wildcards moments into the plot, such as an FBI investigation, to keep the momentum, but also to focus our attention on ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world.
The film centres around two cousins, Vincent (Eisenberg) and Anton (Skarsgård), who work in high-frequency trading for the New York Stock Exchange, where every millisecond counts. Their goal is to build a fibre-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, meaning that they would get the information from the stock market milliseconds before everyone else, making them millionaires. But nothing is straightforward, with plenty of people and situations trying to get in their way. Their main issue is their old boss Eva Torres, masterfully played by Salma Hayek, a powerful, manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to beat the cousins at their own game
Eisenberg and Skarsgård both give outstanding performances that keep you entertained an invested despite some of the technological talk that will go over most views heads. Eisenberg plays Vincent, the anxious, yet charismatic cousin, who is determined to get the fibre-optic cable in place to make sure they get the fastest speed possible. His determination and dedication causes him to become obsessed to an unhealthy extent, highlighting to the audience the consequences of the pursuit of power and money.
Anton, played by Skarsgård, is the brains behind the operation. Skarsgård is phenomenal as the socially awkward computer whiz, who is determined to help his cousin achieve his dream, as long as he can have his dream of living in the countryside with his wife and daughters after it all.
Together, the cousins push each other and everyone around them to a breaking point, as we are forced to recognise the vanity and pointlessness of lives driven by money and power.Find your cinema and book tickets