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Equity (2016)

July. 29,2016
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Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop’s world of high-power big money is brutal and fierce, and one she thrives in. When a controversial IPO threatens the fragile balance of power and confidentiality, Naomi finds herself entangled in a web of politics and deception.


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Absolutely brilliant


Simple and well acted, it has tension enough to knot the stomach.

Fatma Suarez

The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful

Raymond Sierra

The film may be flawed, but its message is not.


There were too many story lines, too many overlapping characters, and there was little there to get you hooked. By the middle of the movie I was not wondering what would happen, but rather, when it would be over. The movie is stylish and well shot, the acting is okay, but the story suffers from a lack of focus and fails to fully draw you in.It is sad that they require you to write more words than necessary in these reviews.I really have nothing more to say, but they require a minimum number of lines, thus forcing me to write junk, when most readers would prefer a quick synopsis.This is a sad part of this website, and I wish they would adjust the rules and not act like Nazis.


If this movie was a stock about to get its debut, it would flop worse than the mock company that appears in it.With 1,5 "good, correct" male characters (the VP's husband disapproved of her dedication to work, so he gets only half...), we have women in all the lead roles.The hero is a white lesbian, in a relationship with a black, very supportive woman and having to small kids, all perfectly adjusted.All the women are presented as being inherently good - even if some, driven by the machinations of the evil men above and around them, do bad things to advance their careers....All the men (except the aforementioned 1,5) are manipulative or outright bad, with all the stereotypes related to Wall Street.An uni-dimensional movie with a poor, underdeveloped story. A thorough waste of time.


As though intended to fulfill a quota this film comes out and delivers a reasonable facsimile of a financial drama, yet the reason it falters so obviously is it lacks any sense of purpose, other than to offer women in the roles.The product is a dull walk-through of corporate and financial egomaniacs who bluster without menace. It's all been seen before. Financial films are an oddity; like sports movies, they are all much more boring than the real thing. Read the financial media and the daily news is more exciting and riskier than anything served up on the screen.The real fault of this film is that it conveys a sense of worthiness: to address a deficit in female portraits in finance and the result is a stewed bland boiled pudding. If the intention was polemical, a monograph might have been better. The story-line of the cop who uses a honey-trap to gain information is risible and quite terrible screen writing. The attempts at ruthless wit are limp and even if the overall story is stale, a rewrite by a writer who wrote attacking, sharp dialog would have covered up the other terrible blemishes in the script.The editing and directing doesn't hand this any favors either: clunk, clunk it goes, until the very end.

Vincent Romero

This movie was terrible, first and foremost. I can't begin to cover all the reasons, but I'll go over a few. Anna Gunn's character is absolutely horrendous. I believe that the writers tried to make her this strong, independent, taking on the boy's club type. But ultimately just gave us scene after scene where your hatred for her grows. She treats her subordinates like absolute trash. It's embarrassing to watch. There's actually one scene (I swear I'm not making this up) where she screams at the top of her lungs at one of her underlings that "there's only 3 mother [email protected]+king chocolate chips in my cookie!". It gets worse than that. She refuses to pay one employee her much deserved salary. She debates firing an employee for being pregnant. She's just awful. I felt like the writers wanted you to somehow look at her abominable behavior as being a tough, go gutter of a woman. This movie was LITERALLY anti- feminist. Another one of this movie's many issues was the ridiculous way people just trick other people into saying things they know they'd go to jail for saying. One scene consists of a district attorney using her "feminine whiles" to trick an educated man into believing that they'd met before and exchanged illegal information. She uses alcohol to get further information out of him. Anyone who's seen 2 or more episodes of law & order knows that's illegal (I looked up the law just to be sure, yep, it's illegal). This isn't the only time a brief conversation is used to convince someone into committing a crime. Finally, for the sake of "cutting to the chase". Every man in this movie is either a user of women, incompetent, or a douche-bag. At the start of the movie it does give you the impression that it would be a film about a strong woman but just ends up being a step backwards for women. Oh and Anna Gunn's acting is far removed from her performances in Deadwood and Breaking Bad.In short, skip it. I didn't like this movie. If I were a woman, I'd despise this movie and actively try to get it removed from existence.