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The Hummingbird Project

Although "The Hummingbird Project" plays like a based-on-a-true-story thriller, it's fiction. Albeit, interesting fiction about high-stakes capitalism and high-frequency trading. Jessie Eisenberg gives a satisfyingly watchable performance as Vinnie. Vinnie is the salesman, the hustler of a project developed by his cousin Anton to move stock trading data milliseconds faster than anyone else. This could result in billions in profit. This project involves laying fiber optic cable in a straight line from Kansas to New Jersey. That means attempting to buy land piece by piece from various homeowners and the tech-resistant Amish, running afoul of their old boss (Salma Hayek), and coding problems. And that's just the tip of the iceberg of the mountain of problems they run into (including an actual mountain). Alex Skarsgärd gives a fine performance as a balding tech guy, who appears to need a caregiver more than his own kids. The pair races against time and trouble in an attempt to get the deal done. While the film is a little heavy on the coding issues and a deliberate plot device for Vinnie's story arc, it has the look and performances of a solidly passable thriller.

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