THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT – Review
Here’s an interesting movie hybrid, a flick that’s both a wall street drama, a family character study, and a chase thriller. Really, that’s because in the financial world, speed is everything (or perhaps the only thing). It’s the old adage, “he who
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With this role, Eisenberg puts a harder edge on his fast-talking, intellectual screen persona. His Vincent has a touch of the tech savant from THE SOCIAL NETWORK, warped into a desperate, sweaty hustler rattling off any bit of deception in order to meet his needs. That frustration intensifies as his body begins to shut down, as Eisenberg gives us a man barely able to function, only awake through sheer force of will (and frustration and greed). Vincent’s a complex, complicated character who only shows affection to his family particularly his partner in chaos, Anton who Skarsgard plays with a hyper-focused intensity and, with his shaved head and glasses, is a stark contrast to his leading man roles (hey, he was Tarzan remember). Anton is hunched-over, mentally distracted (here’s that word again) savant with little patience for those lacking his tech skills. With his quirks, Anton could be “on the spectrum”, as he only emotionally connects with his wife and daughters (a real doting dad) and his cousin. Together on the road the two do have a bit of the RAIN MAN vibe, especially when they board a plane (of course Anton has issues). They find strength in that familial bond in battling the story’s villain (or villainess), former boss Eva played with great energy by the formidable Hayek. With her jet black and platinum silver streaked hair and big purple-tinted goggle glasses, Eva is a modern siren/sorcerous shifting from cool seductress to fiery vengeful demon (a touch of Medusa perhaps) who targets Anton for her full fury and manipulations (she can’t pierce Vincent’s armor). Hayek brings a real sense of urgency and a touch of sexy fun to this big “race”, while Mando as “hired muscle” Mark brings a bit of the everyman and working class compassion to the big “idea” (it takes brains, but somebody’s gotta’ get their hands dirty to run the pipeline).
Writer/director Kim Nguyen gives us a great insider’s view of the high stakes business world while making all the machinations accessible to the “non-economically enabled” via the family dynamics and the competitive element (if they were reporters Eva and the duo would be racing to be the first to print the “scoop”). There’s the typical study of greed out of control, turning “good guys” into callous jerks (Vincent’s negotiations with landowners, especially an Amish elder, take a nasty threatening turn), but Nguyen pops in elements of a ‘caper’ thriller with several twists and unexpected turns. And with his excellent cast, the conflict has real power as do the smaller intimate scenes of the intense bond between the cousins (who seem more like brothers) as Vincent gently prods Anton into solving the time element (much as in “Of Mice and Men”, Anton is assured of a remote country home, rather than Lenny’s idyllic rabbit ranch). All of the conflicts and competition make THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT a unique high tech, big bucks unique “chase” flick.
3.5 Out of 5