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Review: Don't invest any time in 'Supercapitalist'

This simplistic film about high finance yields poor results.

August 30, 2012|By Robert Abele
  • A scene from "Supercapitalist."
A scene from "Supercapitalist." (Handout )

The dull, hectoring financial melodrama "Supercapitalist" has all the spark of a high school assembly skit about not letting friends drive drunk.

Inspired by genuinely worrisome issues in the high-stakes world of takeovers, the simplistic story — ginned up with weak thriller elements — has a brilliant, Asian-American hedge fund trader (Derek Ting, who co-wrote with director Simon Yin) being sent by his sharklike boss (Linus Roache) to Hong Kong to help close a big deal with a Chinese business.

He gets swept up in a girls/drugs/booze lifestyle foisted on him by a slimeball colleague (Darren E. Scott), until it becomes apparent he's a pawn in a much nastier scheme.

If the continued misbehavior of financial sector denizens isn't surprising, neither are the ethical choices, characterizations and messages this movie has to offer.

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"Supercapitalist." No MPAA rating. Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes. At Laemmle's NoHo 7, North Hollywood.

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