The high-powered, cut-throat world of finance and banking is nothing new, with films about power brokers being as common as today’s superhero flicks. The difference is that the latter looks out for others.
Equity puts a gender slant on the wheelings and dealings of corporations with Anna Gunn starring as DynaCorps investment banker Naomi Bishop who finds herself entangled in corporate espionage when she’s betrayed during a high-risk, high-return deal for a wayward investor.
Directed with very little flair or passion by Meera Menon, Equity is a dry drama that struggles to maintain interest. The screenplay by Amy Fox borders on tedium, despite Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner joining her in developing the story. Like the plot itself, it seems this investment of talent went against the odds.
Of interest is the exposé of women in such a male-dominated arena, and it would be good to see more films tackling gender inequality issues a bit more thoroughly in the sub-plot to the main drama. Equity fails to handle this well, raising the issue of the central character being a woman but only scratching the surface of her struggles. The best lines come early in the film when Anna tells a women’s group that she loves money and that shouldn’t be a shameful thing.
Equity is a very stock standard drama about a stock market drama. It lacks creativity and uniqueness, other than to put a woman in the central role for a change. That in itself is not enough to recommend it despite the decent performances of all concerned.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Rating out of 10: 4
Equity will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and for Digital Download from 13 December 2016.