The Hummingbird Project

The Hummingbird Project

Kim Nguyen (2018)

15 Certificate


Our Score
While the technology here may be cutting edge, the tone of writer/director Kim Nguyen's tense drama invokes the post-Watergate paranoia that fed into New Hollywood nightmares like Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor (1975). The story begins with Wall Street drone Vincent Zaleski (Jesse Eisenberg) concocting a pioneering fibre-optic cable that can gazump the competition by sending messages about market fluctuations a millisecond faster than existing connections. Fortunately, his cousin Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) is a computer geek who can write the code to make them millions. But their former boss (Salma Hayek) cottons on to their scheme and does her level best to sabotage the network running from Kansas to New Jersey. Much depends on the viewer buying into the techie milieu and being able to excuse the caricature-like nature of Skarsgård and Hayek's performances. But, while it falls some way below the standards set by Nguyen's Oscar-nominated child-soldier saga, War Witch (2012), this has a cockeyed conviction that keeps you watching.


Cousins Vincent and Anton are players in the high-stakes game of high-frequency trading. They want to build a straight fibre-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, making them a fortune and taking them on a daring adventure. Writer/director Kim Nguyen's drama, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard and Salma Hayek.

Cast & Crew

Vincent Zaleski Jesse Eisenberg
Anton Zaleski Alexander Skarsgård
Eva Torres Salma Hayek
Mark Vega Michael Mando
Bryan Taylor Frank Schorpion
Amish Elder Johan Heldenbergh
Ray Kwasi Songui
Ophelia Troller Ayisha Issa
Tasso Mark Slacke
Director Kim Nguyen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: VertigoGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 14 Jun 2019