The Hummingbird Project

Director: Kim Nguyen
Year Released: 2018
Rating: 0.0

Cousins Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård), the former a smooth-talker, the latter an exceptionally bright programmer, draft a plan to run a long-ass cable from Manhattan to a data center in Kansas and do that by drilling a hole in Mother Earth to make already rich people even richer (and these two are the "good guys").  At any point did director Nguyen read over his abysmal script and think to himself, "is this interesting to anyone except graduates of M.I.T.?" because most of the movie consists of very long conversations about transmitting data "one millisecond faster" (this is a major subplot) ... and for that missing "human element" one of his characters gets diagnosed with stomach cancer (but forges on to defend Capitalism run amok).  The acting leaves much to be desired - Skarsgård's stereotypical code monkey is all right, but Eisenberg's neurotic stock character is tiresome - and while watching it I was rooting for every single one of them to fail.  It's so convenient that the Amish eventually appear to show them the light.