Equity is a movie about women in finance. Shrewdness, ambition and lack of scruples is what one has to possess in order to make more money than one needs. It can be considered “feminist” because it is written and directed by women, but believe me, I don’t notice here the lack of logic the movement is full of.
The best about Equity is that it has a central female character with substance, almost like in another of my lately favorite movies, Miss Sloane. Not having exactly Elizabeth Sloane’s ruthlessness, Naomi Bishop trusts a little bit too much the people she considers close to her. She prepares the Initial Public Offering process for an encryption company founded by a guy modeled after Mark Zuckerberg, but way more unfunny, even obnoxious. His unleashed ego is making everyone’s life harder, especially Naomi’s, only this is something you have to discover on your own when watching the movie.
Equity – Cast
Most special with this movie and, of course, most appreciated by the new feminists is that besides having a female heroine, it is made by a female team. Directed by Meera Menon and written by Amy Fox, a quasi unknown duo, Equity is based upon a story by two female actresses staring here: Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas, plus the screenwriter’s, Amy Fox, who is also a playwright. I’ll tell you who’s who, in a moment 😃.
Anna Gunn (the annoying wife in the most acclaimed Breaking Bad) is Naomi Bishop, a senior investment banker, as they like to present her everywhere. James Purefoy (our very charismatic Marc Anthony) is Michael Connor, Naomi’s boyfriend who works at the same bank, but doesn’t seem very clear what exactly is he doing. Sarah Megan Thomas is Erin Manning, Naomi’s assistant, VP, whatever. She is one of the gals with this movie’s story idea. Alysia Reiner is Samantha Ryan, Naomi’s childhood former friend, turned lesbian and working for the District Attorney in the Finance sector. She is the second gal with the story’s idea. Samuel Roukin is Ed, a geek who co-founded an “internet security company” which is going to “go public” through Naomi Bishop’s investment bank, under her team’s close supervision. Craig Bierko (the very bad guy in The Long Kiss Goodnight – 1996) is Benji Akers, a theoretically “bad guy” again, in the sense of being unscrupulous. Here he is a hedge fund manager who speculates at the stock exchange market only after he gets inside info.
I liked the trailer because it is not revealing. Enjoy it, as I’d like you to enjoy the movie itself.
I liked the movie, I heartily recommend it. Equity is a movie to watch not because of his feminist claim, but for its realistic subject. “Men are all traitors”, isn’t solely underlined here, because on Wall Street world women are just the same. You will notice, and I hope this isn’t a spoiler, that betrayal here is almost involuntary and it is dictated by hormones and week judgement, behaviors which acerbic feminists deny from the start as being specific to women. To reach the same level with men, a woman has to lose such threads in her character. The sleek Purefoy is as charming as ever, and Anna Gunn finally proves that she can be remarkable as well.
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