“EQUITY” My rating: C ( (Opens Sept. 2 at the Glenwood Arts and Cinemark Palace)
“Equity” arrives on theater screens with a promising and unusual pedigree. This female-centric financial thriller was produced, written and directed by women.
That’s nice. If only it were a better film.
Written by Amy Fox and Sarah Megan Thomas, “Equity” wants to tap some of the same emotional/intellectual/political buttons hit so deftly in “Margin Call,” “Arbitrage,” and “The Big Short” — only with a feminist perspective.
Well, it’s got the woman’s angle, all right. But on most of the other counts it’s lightweight stuff.
Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad” fame) is a hot shot at a huge investment bank. Her job is to put together big IPOs that can bring in millions if not billions of bucks. Currently she’s putting together a campaign for a Silicon Valley outfit that specializes in internet security.
But Naomi isn’t feeling the love she should. Her boss has passed her over for a big promotion and she’s still sore after her last IPO went belly up. She’s told she may be too aggressive (something nobody would use as a negative were she a man).
Small wonder she spends much of her down time pounding away at a heavy bag.
At least there’s a man in her life, a coworker, Michael (James Purefoy), who manages investors’ portfolios. But Michael is a mixed blessing. Loverboy isn’t above milking Naomi for information on upcoming deals that he can use to his advantage — information that once leaked could land her in criminal court.
In the meantime she advises a meeting of younger women that she’s in it for the money and the feeling that success provides. “Don’t let money be a dirty word!” she tells them.