Even if the actors raise the challenge launched by Nguyen, his film does not rise.We feel that somewhere, in the twists and turns of this overloaded scenario, there is a fascinating technological thriller, but, unfortunately, that is not what we are seeing here.
Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project features an impressive roster of Hollywood stars, starting with the talented Jesse Eisenberg. The latter, who had distinguished himself in The Social Network, proves to be very credible under the traits of this obstinate young entrepreneur ready to do anything to succeed in his project, even if his health suffers in the process.
Nevertheless, it is Alexander Skarsgard, who is playing his cousin, an extraordinary computer genius, who is stealing the spotlight. The actor is unsettling with truth in the traits of this character who is thought to have autism spectrum disorder. Salma Hayek, who has been overwhelmed with a very special look (see below), is also doing a good job as the voracious CEO of a big techno company in New York.
Even if the actors raise the challenge launched by Nguyen, his film does not rise.We feel that somewhere, in the twists and turns of this overloaded scenario, there is a fascinating technological thriller, but, unfortunately, that is not what we are seeing here. Already, the public is projected into action far too quickly. We hardly know the names of the protagonists that the work involves us in a history with complex conjunctures. The terms used are also particularly sharp, difficult to understand for the average cinephile.
The way Nguyen chose to deal with this story, in a very rational and theoretical way, leads us to believe that the events portrayed in the film are inspired by lived facts, and yet not. The shortcuts of the scenario would have been more easily forgiven and would have been more empathetic to the dramatic occurrences if there were real facts to support his point. Here, under the circumstances, we find the illness of the main character a bit far-fetched and the narrative is a little too rigid.
The morality of the feature film – the world is moving too fast and time is slipping through our fingers, it would be wise to make the most of the present moment – is not completely devoid of interest, but it is proposed to us so late in the film that we do not have enough time to cash it and reason it properly. The comical and caustic aspect of the Hummingbird Project is quite interesting, but it is not sufficiently put forward to elevate the work, which is too often Cartesian in its intentions.
At times, The Hummingbird Project looked like Adam Mckay’s The Big Short, and it seemed like a bold, wild proposition.Unfortunately, this impression was quickly lost in a pile of network cables and codes that were too complex.