In the past few years, we’ve seen some pretty good films — The Wolf of Wall Street, The Big Short, Margin Call — about the nasty financial doings that led to the Great Recession. Equity runs along the same lines.
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) plays Naomi Bishop. She’s an investment banker carving out a niche in a “man’s world.” The last company Naomi pushed was not only a financial disaster but a possible career disaster.
Naomi’s investor boyfriend might be doing some illegal things, and an attorney for the Justice Department — and an old friend of Naomi — is strong-arming her for information. Her aggressive, career-climber assistant is also doing some double-dealing of her own.
Director Meera Menon and screenwriter Amy Fox produce a story conceived by two of the film’s co-stars, Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner. None of them have done anything you know. Depending how this does at the box office, that could change. While not quite as good as the movies mentioned earlier, you are taken on a no-holds-barred trip into a world few of us know. Even better, they give you an ending that satisfies in a real-world sort of way.
Director: Meera Menon
Stars: Anna Gunn, James Purfoy, Alysia Reiner, Sarah Megan Thomas
Mr. Movie rating: Rated R for mature themes, language. It’s playing at the Carmike 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.