No segue. I never got a trailer for this, but it’s been heavily advertised for weeks at one of my regular movie theaters, so I’ve been aware of its existence.
The story looks like it’s about a trio of guys who intent to get the stock market quotes in 16 milliseconds, through illegal means of course, but it seems like someone else has a similar idea and putting up obstacles for the guys, preventing them from progressing with their plans.
Here’s the cast. Starring, we have Jesse Eisenberg (SEE ME 2 , END/TOUR , ZOMBIELAND , and upcoming films THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE  and ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP ), Alexander Skarsgård (THE AFTERMATH , TARZAN , and upcoming films LONG SHOT  and GODZILLA VS. KONG ), Salma Hayek (HITMAN’S BODYGUARD , SAUSAGE PARTY , and upcoming films LIMITED PARTNERS  and THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD ), and Michael Mando (SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING ).
Now for the crew. Writing and directing is Kim Nguyen, known for stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of. Composing the score is Yves Gourmeur, known for stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of. The cinematographer is Nicholas Bolduc, known for stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of. Finally, the co-editors are Nicholas Chaudeurge (STILL ALICE ) and Arthur Tarnowski (BRICK MANSIONS ).
Overall, this looks like it could be good. A bit odd and cluttered, so I’m going in with some mild bracing in mind, but I doubt it’s going to be a bad movie. I like the talent involved, so I think I’ll like it just fine.
This is my honest opinion of: THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT
Set between 2011 and 2012. Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) Zaleski are cousins who have come up with the idea of getting information from the New York Stock Exchange in 16 milliseconds by digging for miles underground to New Jersey, through whatever happens to be in their way, no matter what. However, their former boss, Ava Torres (Salma Hayek), who was not too happy to lose Anton, spies on him and soon catches on to what they are doing.
Uh oh… this might be an incredible short review because… well, frankly, I don’t think I completely understood the movie. But you know what? I’ve seen movies that I didn’t fully understand and still enjoyed for reasons. Anything by Adam McKay certainly rings that bell. But here… eh, I think McKay would have been able to make this interesting because I was pretty bored.To be fair, this is one of those “smart people” movies. Unless you’re savvy with everything being discussed in this movie, casual movie-goers may not get much out of this.
Let’s start with some positivity. Eisenberg certainly brings his signature energy and entertaining fast-talking. I may not understand everything that he’s saying, but by God, I want to be interested. This really applies to Skarsgård, who arguably steals the show. I have no idea if Anton is autistic, or just incredibly socially awkward, but this is probably his most unique role (and look) to date. Seriously, though, his celebratory dance at the end has to go down in history as one of the greatest dorky dances ever put to film. Hayek is also pretty fun as a ruthless, ball-busting boss of a tech company. I’ve never seen her sport silver hair before, but it’s a great look on her. Also, I never would have thought of her as scary. But, she pulls it off pretty well.
Unfortunately, aside from one of the most gorgeous transitions I’ve seen in recent years, which is just the opening shot of a car driving down the road, only to pan left and it’s now a sidewalk where Vincent and Bryan (Frank Schorpion) are talking on a bench, this movie has very little going for it.
At the end of the day, I just didn’t care about what was going on. Why should I care if Vincent and Anton get their information a few milliseconds faster than their competitors? What happens if they get it? Why would it be sad if they don’t? I just couldn’t care. “A lot of money” is a pretty generic reason, so I’m about as checked out as a dude can get.
And… honestly, that’s all that can be said about this movie. It’s boring, and I didn’t care for it. I know this is barely a review, even of my caliber, but I’ve got nothing. Fun performances and energy kept me from falling asleep, but… just barely. As a recommendation, I say it’s not exactly worth it. This movie is going to go in one ear and out the other and quickly fade into obscurity. I guess if you want to rent it some time down the line, sure, but I dare you to even remember that you’ll want to when the time comes.
My honest rating for THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT: a weak 3/5
This week’s reviews:
- THE AFTERMATH
- THE MUSTANG
- CAPTIVE STATE
- FIVE FEET APART
- WONDER PARK
- NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE
- NO MANCHES FRIDA 2: PARAÍSO DESTRUIDO
- PLAIRE, AIMER ET COURIR VITE / SORRY ANGEL
- FAITH, HOPE & LOVE
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