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