In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Eisenberg) and Anton (Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of High Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a fiber-optic cable straight between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. But nothing is straightforward for this flawed pair. Anton is the brains, Vincent is the hustler, and together they push each other and everyone around them to breaking point on their quixotic adventure. Constantly breathing down their necks is their old boss Eva Torres (Hayek) a powerful, intoxicating and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them and beat them at their own game. No matter what the cost, Vincent and Anton are determined to cut through America, only to find redemption at the end of their line, not through money, but through family and reconnecting to the land.
Jesse Eisenberg memorized the entire script before recording started. This was confirmed by him and Kim Nguyen at the Toronto International Film Festival. Nguyen also confirmed that the story was fictional but that it reflects advances in trading technology. See more »
Several times characters say cell tower, when actually referring to microwave towers. Cell towers provide last-hop connectivity to cellular devices, mostly phones. Whereas microwave towers relay signals over long distances. See more »
Interesting if you like modern technology or trading but film falls a little flat
I was interested to see this having read Micheal Lewis non-fiction book Flash boys and if I didn't know better I would say this book had just taken the premise of that book and tried to put a fiction film around the basics of it.
The technology is close to real life and quite interesting, plus the size of the project is quite something to see.
However the plot is just about ok if a little ridiculous at times and the story lacks a build up of any tension or suspense so is just a bit flat.
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