The newly appointed CEO of a giant European investment bank works to hold on to his power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy out his company.


“Capital” offers up very little new to say. That being said, Gabriel Byrne embraces Costa-Gavras’s look into how hedge funds are manipulated into making the poor lose what little they have left. Still, nobody is innocent in this film and I appreciate that take with this narrative. I don’t want a narrator standing in front of the camera and telling us that he knows so much better. These guys aren’t heroes, they’re manipulative assholes that are waging financial war on the masses. Why should we have to entertain this in our fiction?

Corporate thrillers are either great or they’re terrible. I’m not sure where I want to put this flick, as I can see the promise behind many of the plot choices. That being said, the film leaves me wondering if Gavras is too far removed from the current American economic nightmare. If anything, this movie represents the new state of the gangster movie. Established crime filtered through the acceptable and above the board. They only get busted when the government doesn’t get their cut. Nobody advances unless they play the game and the game is always targeting them. Never ending and always angry. Such a pointed attack is uncomfortable for a people that are used to “Avatar” and keeping up with whatever Kardashian is getting the business end of Kanye West. Was it the best way to handle the matter or was there a middle ground?

The Blu-Ray comes with interviews as the special features. I really wish that we could’ve got a commentary for it. The A/V Quality sports a rather amazing 1080p transfer. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 06/10/2014


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