Arbitrage

Arbitrage

(2012)

Power is the best alibi.

Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth star in this business thriller following a crooked New York hedge fund magnate whose life starts to implode when an unforeseen, bloody incident threatens to expose him.... More

Talent in finance has made Robert (Gere) a portrait of success in American business, but on the eve of his 60th birthday he finds himself desperately trying to sell his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. Juggling family, business and crime, a small slip-up arouses the suspicions of a local Detective (Roth) as Miller is forced to confront the limits of his own moral duplicity.Hide

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An affection for professionally-assembled films about rich New Yorkers may be necessary to really get into this mild thriller, but I was ably carried along by its authentic portrayal of a rarefied world.... More

Richard Gere is very comfortable as a rich businessman who comes across as the midpoint between Michael Douglas' character from Wall Street and Michael Douglas' character from The Game. Richard Gere seems to irritate some people, so if you're one of those, stay far away from this as he's practically in every shot.

I enjoyed watching his powermonger squirm when the going got tough, and he also convinced in the family scenes. It's a tough ask trying to make a fraudulent hedge fund manager sympathetic these days, but Gere manages to seem genuinely conflicted at times. Susan Sarandon is fantastic as his wife, but she should've been in it more.

Newly-minted indie queen Brit Marling (Another Earth and The Sound of My Voice) proves herself very much at home among the heavyweights as their daughter. And Whit Stillman fans will get a kick out of seeing Chris Eigeman as Gere's right hand man, although he too is underutilised.

Plus there's a weirdly appropriate cameo from Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter as a fellow captain of industry.

There isn't much in Arbitrage we haven't seen before, but it contains the kind of conventions that are fun to revisit with a skilled director and a game cast.Hide


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BY delarge101 superstar

Richard Gere is fantastic; playing a man we so want to feel sympathy for, but his detestable crimes prevent us from doing so. Nicholas Jarecki has made a solid directorial debut, and Gere and the supporting cast are fully capable of doing his script justice.


BY Gerd superstar

How could anyone give four stars for that sleeping pill? Not worth a trip to the theater, stereotypical and obvious. The script playing the same old violin of an upper-class American man having an affair behind his wife's back. Much like Dallas (1978 TV series).


BY Weds_Loafers superstar

This is a terrific movie with great acting, a tight script and, mercifully, no Hollywood ending. Finance mogul Robert Miller's life begins to unravel just as he's about to turn 60. He pretends to be a great family man but leads a double life with his French mistress. He comes under real pressure when the wheels come off (literally) and we see a cat and mouse game develop between Miller and New York's finest. Highly recommended.


The Press Reviews

  • Between Gere matching wits with a police detective played by Tim Roth, and Gere having to explain himself to the steely Sarandon, Arbitrage is never dull. Full Review

  • Hitchcock called his most familiar subject "The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused." Jarecki pumps up the pressure here by giving us a Guilty Man Accurately Accused, and that's what makes the film so ingeniously involving. Full Review

  • The film doesn't turn its issues into a glorified essay, but it does use them to give the audience a vital emotional workout. Full Review

  • Gere is being talked about as an Oscar contender - he's never been nominated. January is a long time off yet, but his name is certainly worth putting on the long list. Full Review

  • Amazingly, Gere keeps it all together, via a kind of seething anti-rage that speaks reams to the character's survival instincts. Full Review

  • Between this cast and the conviction Jarecki brings to the table, the film feels incredibly accomplished for a first feature. Full Review

  • Gere is one of cinema's great walkers, graced with a suggestively predatory physical suppleness, and he slips through the movie like a panther. He's the film's most deluxe item. Full Review

  • Gere does his best to give 'Arbitrage' an agitated energy, but Jarecki's fatalism works against the film. Full Review

  • Though it teeters at times on the edge between potboiler and melodrama, 'Arbitrage' benefits from a notable lack of sympathy for Gere's Gordon Gekko-like Miller. Rather than seeming pat, Jarecki's straightforward cynicism is pointed and purposeful. Full Review

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