There’s been no shortage of outrage and anger over the 2008 financial housing collapse, and it has inspired some pretty engrossing cinema from “The Big Short,” “Money Monster, “ and “99 Homes,” to one of the pioneers in the genre, “Margin Call” from director J.C. Chandor. While not quite the same sub-genre, the Sundance indie “Equity” chronicles the world of ruthless finance in a more “Wall Street” manner, though it is set in the the post-financial crisis world.
Starring Anna Gunn, the Emmy-winning wife of Walter White on “Breaking Bad,” she plays an ambitious and cutthroat Wall Street banker trying to make her way in the world while trying to keep her moral compass pointing north. Here’s the official synopsis:
Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop’s (Anna Gunn) 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. With an aggressive prosecutor (Alysia Reiner) from her past on her heels, and a strained relationship with her junior, Erin (Sarah Megan Thomas), Naomi is forced to reexamine her own ambitions and the cutthroat world she loves — one where women have yet to break the glass ceiling.
A refreshingly female-centric affair, “Equity” is directed by Meera Menon, who won the Nora Ephron Prize for groundbreaking female filmmmaker at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 for “Farrah Goes Bang,” and the screenplay was written by Amy Fox.
Co-starring James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner, “Equity” puts a nice spin on the unapologetic and brutal financial trader usually played by men. The gender flip should be compelling to watch if only for the manner wherein the audience’s sympathy will lie. “Equity” is due in theaters on July 29th.