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The Hummingbird Project

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6.21 h 50 min201915
Cousins from New York, Vincent and Anton are players in the high-stakes game of High Frequency Trading. Their dream? To build a fiber-optic cable straight line between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. Together they push each other and everyone around them to breaking point on their quixotic adventure, while their old boss Eva Torres will stop at nothing to beat them at their own game.
Directors
Kim Nguyen
Starring
Jesse EisenbergAlexander SkarsgårdSalma Hayek
Genres
SuspenseDrama
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Michael MandoJohan HeldenberghAyisha Issa
Producers
Pierre EvenDavid Womack
Studio
Vertigo Releasing
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesmokingviolence
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3.7 out of 5 stars

78 global ratings

  1. 43% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 20% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 7% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 13% of reviews have 1 stars
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 October 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly good
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Great little thriller. All the cast are fantastic it somehow manages to make a story about a wire being built into a gripping tale. Eisenberg, Sarsgaard and Hayek all great
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satnavReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
quite a good plot
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good story line
JAMES N.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 February 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing
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Disappointing. Just read flashboys instead, much better story.
Electric SparrowReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 May 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Couldn’t watch it...
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Don’t do it
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 March 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Is the film mad, or you for watching it?
The premise does not work at all. That will leave you wondering why you're watching this extremely strange animal of a film and why it was made.

That happens to be weirdly diverting in itself for a little while, but it's also like being involved in a parody of a film. It's like watching a child pretend to enact a film which never really makes sense but they put all their attention and so much energy into it.

You need to know that claims that the film is based upon a true story are nonsense.

The premise is to send stock market information from the city a huge distance to the wilderness through a dedicated, lightning fast cable, giving milliseconds advantage of processing time to computer stock algorithms over competitors.

Why the wilderness, though? Why not an office across the road or a few blocks from the exchange? Or anyway somewhere closer in the suburbs?

This lunacy may be supposed to be a part of a ridiculous, comic plot. Who can tell? Maybe it's all removed from reality. While the strange film has an unknowable character, it doesn't fit into the absurdist farce genre. Sometimes it manages to seem serious, but then it appears as if the joke is on you if you buy that.

It's really bizarre, and not at all worth your attention.

It doesn't seem like any film category really. It's only towards the end, after 75 mins with over 20 mins to go, when the big conceptual achievement comes that it becomes apparent this film was shyly hiding its underlying zaniness, maybe towards Grand Budapest Hotel territory. Then it seems to go serious again?

The only parallel I can think of is trippy, low budget early 70s films, made by people not quite there and only appreciated by people in a certain dimension of consciousness.

It's very hard to describe this film but it isn't really worth the effort anyway. Maybe it will become a cult hit, but I'd never grasp why if so.

Avoid. Waste of time. The only thing this film is good for is exposing clearly how Jesse Eisenberg simply acts the same, cardboard character in the same cardboard way in each film.

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Ok, on reflection I suppose that the film can only be a kind of an art house, mad comedy, about something like a mad dream or nightmare which takes itself very seriously but has an obsessive yet impossible, infeasible pursuit or objective. Maybe in a way it's about dementia, and extended in that way, actually 'the human condition'. Conceivably the film could be seen as a natural end point appreciation of F Scott Fitzgerald's notions of the human situation, but in a comic, much less demonstrably horrific way.

I really don't know what to make of it. I don't think I'm an appropriate person necessarily to criticise it completely, having at last worked out what kind of a beast it is. So, while I do not really like, respect or value this film personally, I'm changing my rating from 1 star to 2 stars. Itvs possible I could appreciate it more in the future, while I don't think so.

There is some good acting in there, particularly by Alexander Skarsgard. Then I was thinking the "Jesse Eisenberg" acts the same, cardboard character idea was perhaps intentional.

That raised a smile very briefly but annoyed me much more as I just feel somehow I don't really have time for this kind of 2010s, 2020s trendy, perception of zeitgeist, specific end of times angle indulgence. It does seem to think it is very smart merely for sending up its own artistic format and modern life (a la Hotel du Lac).
One person found this helpful
arundel-girlReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 October 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dear Jesse Eisenberg
Dear Jesse Eisenberg, you can't play the same roles forever.

Eventually someone will get bored.
2 people found this helpful
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