THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT had potential to be an interesting film, but falls flat.

The movie tells the story of two groups of wealthy businesses people trying to beat each other to a billion dollar idea. The problem is it gives us nobody to root for. To get an audience to engage a film must make us pick a side, and this doesn’t happen here.

Jesse Eisenberg is presented as the protagonist, but he can’t pull it off. I don’t know if he’s typecast, or if his acting has just become one note, but all he seems to play now are shades of “socially awkward asshole” like he did in THE SOCIAL NETWORK. On the other side of the coin is Salma Hayek trying to play antagonist, but she’s too funny and charming, even when she’s playing a bitch.

The script fails to really show a difference between the two sides. If anything Eisenberg comes off worse, appearing to possibly be taking advantage of his naive cousin played by Alexander Skarsgård. Halfway through we’re given a plot turn when Eisenberg’s character is diagnosed with stomach cancer, but he chooses to conceal it and keep working. If there is a noble reason for him to do this, it’s lost in editing. If it was meant to somehow redeem the character, it fails. In the end I didn’t really care about any of the characters, and I didn’t want any of them to win. Just a boring mess of a film.

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