Greed is good, and it’s no longer just for men. “Equity,” the first female-driven feature film all about the twisted world of Wall Street, puts a unique spin on the old financial thriller trope, bolstered by a jaw-dropping performance from Anna Gunn (and enough double-crossing from its supporting characters to make your heart actually race).
The film focuses on Gunn’s character, Naomi Bishop, an extremely successful investment banker (and one of the few women to reach the top of her field, even if she does “rub some people the wrong way”) on the cusp of brokering one of the biggest deals of her life. Naomi excels at taking businesses public, and when she gets the chance to lead a new IPO for a snazzy-sounding internet company, she jumps at, convinced it will help land her a big gig at her firm. Naomi’s reasoning is spot on, but it doesn’t allow for all kinds of disasters, like a federal investigation, a lower-level employee seemingly out to get her, a skeezy new client and a professional climate that’s not entirely conducive to seeing her succeed.
“Equity” debuted at Sundance back in January, where its slick sensibilities (this is a true thriller very much in the vein of “Wall Street” and “Arbitrage”) were a nice counterbalance to the rest of the (often emotion-driven) slate. Gunn’s seriously great in it, too, and she gives real life to the steely Naomi.
The film also stars Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysa Reiner, who contributed to the film’s story alongside screenwriter Amy Fox. Directed by Meera Menon, best known for her festival hit “Farah Goes Bang,” “Equity” is the rare female-driven feature that is, quite literally, driven by women both in front and behind the camera.
“Equity” is in theaters on July 29, thanks to Sony Pictures Classics. Check out the film’s first trailer above.