Equity is a well-scripted, well-acted, and very entertaining financial thriller. I was riveted by each of the performances and keenly interested in where the story was going. Many movies and TV shows have delved into the workings of the financial industry. Equity is also of this genre, but its major players are all women, each trying to make it in one of the traditionally male-steered professions, and we see the workings of the money trade from their perspective. The characters are so finely sculpted and developed, though, that their gender is ultimately not the defining element for this film.
Okay, so here’s the storyline. Naomi Bishop is an investment banker whose mission it is to gain huge professional respect by helping companies become successful and make a lot of money. In this key role is Anna Gunn, and for me, she was mesmerizing. Gunn inhabits her character fully, and to see more of her, I was even tempted to try, yet again, getting hooked on Breaking Bad. Sarah Megan Thomas plays Erin, Naomi’s devoted and promotion-hungry assistant, and her performance adds much to the canvas. Thomas was also co-writer, along with director Amy Fox and fellow cast member, Alysia Reiner. Reiner is Samantha, Naomi’s longtime friend who is, by the way, a federal prosecutor investigating insider trading. There’s also the small part of a compliance officer given to Carrie Preston, who wowed us in The Good Wife as the goofy and spacy and incredibly sharp attorney, Elsbeth Tascioni. Another central character is James Purefoy, very well cast in his turn as Michael Connor, Naomi’s presumably involved and supportive boyfriend.
You can see that the configurations of these characters create a fertile field for risky actions, ruthlessness, and disloyalty. There’s plenty of dramatic tension.
Not every critic is in agreement, but I whole-heartedly recommend Equity. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 12/13/16