It’s been a while since a low-key potboiler set on the planet of excessive finance got here to us out of Hollywood—The Wolf of Wall Avenueseems to have scared all of them off. Not solely is Fairness a movie that hearkens again to smaller monetary thrillers like Wall Avenue andGlengarry Glen Ross, nevertheless it subverts their bruising masculinity by casting the entire key gamers as bold girls. Whereas I’m completely on board with this quickly rising development to point out us historically male-driven tales and characters from the angle of ladies, I discovered myself wishing that Fairness spent a bit of bit extra time tightening its cinematic screws.
Fairness tells the story of Naomi Bishop (Breaking Dangerous’s Anna Gunn), a hardcore funding banker with a stable portfolio of profitable IPOs beneath her belt. After her most up-to-date enterprise makes a less-than-stellar debut, she finds herself struggling to seek out that one Silicon Valley IPO that may redeem her popularity. Maybe it’s her sudden surge of desperation that leads her to belief her intercourse buddy Michael (a correctly sleazy James Purefoy) and her overly bold righthand lady Erin (Sarah Megan Thomas) with this course of—howevercan they be trusted? The movie solutions this query fairly predictably—you’ll be capable of see who’s bought betrayal on the mind approach sooner than Naomi Bishop does. Additionally, the addition of a monetary prosecutor (Alysia Reiner) who not solely occurs to be an outdated pal of Naomi’s but additionally occurs to be investigating her firm and has a spouse and children that we’re purported to care about was precisely as convoluted to look at as this sentence was to learn.
Regardless of the script’s shortcomings, the performances are stable—I particularly cherished watching Thomas take her character from a mousy underling to a crafty rival. It’s also refreshing to see a movie style that may be a Hollywood staple (and nearly at all times a complete sausage fest) get reimagined with a women-led forged. The identical could be mentioned behind the digicam as effectively—there aren’t too many movies on the market that boast a feminine director (Menon) and a feminine screenwriting workforce (Amy Fox and Sarah Megan Thomas). Fairness is enjoyable to look at as yet one more indicator that ladies are formidable forces on each side of the digicam—however a bit extra chunk would have gone a good distance.