In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.
Naomi Bishop is an investment banker determined to overcome a previous stain to her professional reputation, which is a challenge in the male dominated financial sector she works in. As Naomi in that spirit makes her move managing a burgeoning new tech IPO, she has to endure not only the condescension of her colleagues, but also her imperious client even as troubling new developments cloud the venture's future. Against that, the probing of a college friend turned Federal investment law prosecutor and the conniving of her double-dealing boyfriend seem to be manageable complications, until a betrayal by a trusted colleague threatens to ruin everything. Written by
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Did you know that all scenes shot with Bloomberg TV reporters were shot at Bloomberg, using real Bloomberg anchors, producers, directors and crew? Also, all of those scenes were the first scenes shot for the movie even though those news scenes span the entire film. See more »
Set in San Francisco and Silicon Valley California, coffee cups from Dunkin Donuts and Utz potato chip bags are seen. These products are available east of the Mississippi and reflect the movie's filming location of Philadelphia PA. See more »
Equity is like a female version of Wall Street with a touch of All about Eve thrown in. It is nice to see a film about the male dominated world of finance and business through a female angle, the film has female writers and director (Meera Menon) and the leads are women as well. I think the conclusion is that women are as just as sharklike as the men in the corporate world or feel they need to be if they are to get ahead.
Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn) is a ball busting investment banker who torments her underlings (there is a chocolate chip cookie counting scene where Naomi lets rip) and sleeps with an hedge fund manager Michael Connor (James Purefoy) for mutual benefits. As she states in a Gordon Gekko type of way, Money is not a dirty word for Naomi.
She is under pressure of the next IPO offering she is leading that involves a hi tech cyber-security company going public. The pressure is made worse as people with ulterior motives are circling around such as an old acquaintance, Justice Department investigator Samantha (Alysia Reiner) investigating her firm and Michael who might also be giving insider information to an investor.
The characters are all driven by money, greed or power as well as getting one-upmanship or shall we say one-upwomanship. People are used, abused and back stabbed. The women still think there's a glass ceiling where nothing they can do is ever good enough.
This is a low budget independent film, it is not a feminist version of 'Wall Street' but it did arouse the interest of my wife who rather liked the novelty of watching this type of film that is not as male orientated.
The writing is a bit flat, it lacked energy and sparkle which is more to do with the inexperience of the director (only her second full length feature) as well as the screenplay. Ultimately there was little in the story here that was a surprise unlike The Big Short where I immediately jumped up and realised I was watching something special.
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