The Hummingbird Project

Coming to Cinemas 23 May 2019

Everything is on the line.

Two traders (Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård) compete with their old boss (Salma Hayek) to land a massive deal in this drama thriller.

"Determined to create a more efficient way of transmitting information between stock exchanges, the cousins [Eisenberg and Skarsgård] scheme to lay fibre-optic cable from Kansas City to New York, gaining them and their clients crucial seconds in order to trounce their competitors. Vincent (Eisenberg) — the force behind the scheme — is a frantic dreamer who pursues his ideas with zealot-like intensity while promising everyone the moon. Anton (Skarsgård) is the brains, a socially awkward data wiz with few friends besides Vincent. Both end up in the crosshairs of their ruthless former employer Eva Torres, a Wall Street lion willing to devour anyone unlucky enough to get in her way. Unfortunately, Anton hasn't entirely figured out how to make the cable connection fast enough to warrant the expense. As time runs out, Vincent's claims of grandeur get progressively wilder." (Toronto International Film Festival)


Directed by

  • Kim Nguyen('War Witch', 'City of Shadows', 'Truffe')

Written by



Rating: M Offensive language

Belgium, Canada

Hollywood Reporter


Though this intriguing genre-hybrid might be just a little too odd for more mainstream success, this is a promising step in the right direction for Nguyen.

Variety (USA)


An entertaining vehicle for vivid performances by both actors.



There's a good reason why no one's ever made a movie about this before - in fact, there are probably a few.

Screen International


A defiantly odd thriller involving esoteric subject matter, The Hummingbird Project tells a familiar story of ambition and greed with enough eccentricity that the movie's strangeness becomes one of its chief attributes.

Los Angeles Times


A smartly entertaining and unexpectedly human film...

Sydney Morning Herald


It's an odd tale, but in its sneaky way, an unexpectedly engaging one.

Rolling Stone


Whatever it takes to keep a techno hellraiser on its feet, this humdrum Hummingbird doesn't have it, despite the efforts of Eisenberg and Skarsgård to breathe some life into it. (James Croot)


Although it perhaps eventually over-eggs the contrivances and misfortunes, there's a lot to like about this understated Project.