Capital (movie)

Review: 'Capital' forgets the bottom line — outrage

Review: 'Capital' forgets the bottom line — outrage

With international high finance the modern era's wild west, it's not surprising Costa-Gavras — a stalwart of the politically minded thriller ("Z," "Missing") — would try to mine banking malfeasance for cinematic suspense. But "Capital," about the machinations engineered by a newly anointed French bank president (Gad Elmaleh) to avoid a takeover from an aggressive American hedge fund mastermind (Gabriel Byrne), never quite gels as either a sharp critique of take-no-prisoners commerce or a voyeuristic wallow in corporate nastiness.

Our youngish, married-with-kids antihero is in a precarious position — stay stodgy and European or adapt to...

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