The Hummingbird Project (2018) Movie Review

Director: Kim Nguyen

Writer: Kim Nguyen (Screenplay)

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard, Salma Hayek, Michael Mando, Johan Heldenbergh, Ayisha Issa

Plot: A pair of high-frequency traders go up against their old boss in an effort to make millions in a fiber-optic cable deal.

Tagline – Everything Is On The Line.

Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Hummingbird Project starts when Vincent Zaleski (Eisenberg) and his cousin Anton (Skarsgard) are looking to build a fibre-optic cable connecting high frequency traders, going against their former boss Eva Torres (Hayek).

As the pair prepare their work, Eva looks to halt their progress, while Vincent is hit hard with some personal news, leaving the job on the line.

Thoughts on The Hummingbird Project

Characters – Vincent Zaleski is the fast-talking dealer, he will always find a way to talk his way out of a problem, while making a deal happen to complete this project. With the project going on, he learns bad news about his health, which leaves him in a middle of the decision, complete the job, or fight his illness. Anton is the cousin of Vincent, he is the brains behind everything they are doing, though he does lack the people skills when it comes to trying to sell the products. Eva Torres is the former boss of the pair, she believes they are using her company’s information to make the money. Mark is one of the main employees to take the building side of the job for the cousins.

PerformancesJesse Eisenberg has got this style of role down to perfect over the years, he will always bring a fast-talking confident character to life with ease, along with Alexander Skarsgard being almost unrecognizable as the cousin. Salma Hayek does bring the strong supporting character to life too, which will see the whole cast lead by these three shining.

StoryThe story here follows two cousins as they look to break the millisecond record for data transfer by building a fibre connection across America against their former employer, which will see them looking to deal their way into making this happen. This is a fast paced story that does show how people could use the idea of the stock market to make their own money quicker, knowing people will pay for information, it will show the aggressive styles being used between both sides to try and beat the competition along the way too. It does ask the bigger question about what is more important, being the best at something or your own health, which is important in Vincent’s action, while also pointing out the different lifestyles which could be effected by what is happening.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show us the different environments that the technology will need to be transferred through and how different locations will pose different challenges.

Scene of the Movie – Destroy the message.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Performances are brilliant, jus the characters aren’t that redeeming.

Final Thoughts This is a good look at how fast the stock markets are always trying to find a way to get ahead of the game through their actions, with a film that is carried by the brilliant performances.

ABC Film Challenge – 90s Movies – L – The Last Boy Scout (1991) Movie Review

Director: Tony Scott

Writer: Shane Black (Screenplay) Greg Hicks (Story)

Starring: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron, Danielle Harris, Halle Berry, Bruce McGill

Plot: A private detective’s protected female witness is murdered, prompting him and the victim’s boyfriend to investigate the crime that leads to a corrupt politician and a crooked football team owner.

Tagline – The goal is to survive.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

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Story: The Last Boy Scout starts when alcoholic private detective Joe Hallenbeck (Willis) gets offered a job to watch over an exotic dancer Cory (Berry), but when the job goes wrong, Joe must work with disgraced football star Jimmy Dix (Wayans), as they look to get to the bottom of who is behind the bigger conspiracy going on.

The pair must put their differences to make sure they can bring the people who are targeting them to justice, the same people that took Jimmy’s career from him.

Thoughts on The Last Boy Scout

ThoughtsThe Last Boy Scout is one the popular big budget action films that continued to ride the success that Bruce Willis has found in the genre. The story will see him as a private detective who tends to bend the rules to get the job done, working with an American football star who both find themselves caught up in the middle of a bigger conspiracy that could change the sport forever. While the story might not get too deep, it will give us everything we need for the odd couple needing to work together, getting a few laughs, without needing to turn relying on the jokes, letting the way over the top action take centre stage. In the 1990’s we had big action that was full of explosions, this is one of those films that didn’t care how big the explosions are. This was in Bruce Willis’s prime, so it is one of his better performances, where he bounces of Damon Wayans wonderfully throughout the film. For a big action packed movie, this is a lot of fun, it knows just how big it wants to be and will play into it in every scene.

Final Thoughts The Last Boy Scout is a classic 90s action film filled with over-the-top action throughout.