Arbitrage (2012)

Arbitrage
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Strong themes and coarse language

Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Actors: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta, Nate Parker, Chris Eigeman, Bruce Altman

Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is the portrait of success in American business and family life. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. Struggling to conceal his duplicity from loyal wife Ellen and brilliant daughter and heir-apparent Brooke, Miller's also balancing an affair with French art-dealer Julie Côte. Just as he's about to unload his troubled empire, an unexpected bloody error forces him to juggle family, business, and crime with the aid of Jimmy Grant, a face from Miller's past. One wrong turn ignites the suspicions of NYPD Detective Michael Bryer, who will stop at nothing in his pursuits.

DVD
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 107mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Mo money mo problems
by Richard Haridy,

For some time it has felt like Richard Gere has been working on auto-pilot; not making a huge amount of De Niro-style duds, but never stepping up to the challenging roles we know he can do. It's pleasing to see him hit a sensational stride in Arbitrage, his best performance in well over a decade. Gere plays billionaire Robert Miller, a shifty silver fox who is trying to sell off his giant company before investors discover he has cooked the books. On the side he's balancing family life and an affair with feisty mistress Julie (Laetitia Casta). Things get even more stressful for Miller after he flees a car accident, adding a possible murder charge to his already chaotic world. Debut director Nicholas Jarecki confidently stages this tense scenario with a Hitchcockian flair. As we follow the ...

For some time it has felt like Richard Gere has been working on auto-pilot; not making a huge amount of De Niro-style duds, but never stepping up to the challenging roles we know he can do. It's pleasing to see him hit a sensational stride in Arbitrage, his best performance in well over a decade. Gere plays billionaire Robert Miller, a shifty silver fox who is trying to sell off his giant company before investors discover he has cooked the books. On the side he's balancing family life and an affair with feisty mistress Julie (Laetitia Casta). Things get even more stressful for Miller after he flees a car accident, adding a possible murder charge to his already chaotic world.

Debut director Nicholas Jarecki confidently stages this tense scenario with a Hitchcockian flair. As we follow the increasingly frantic Gere down his nightmarish rabbit hole, the picture takes a satisfyingly cold, amoral stance – less critique and more cynical observation – linking the duplicity of big economics with a deep sense of moral corruption in the individual. Gere's wonderful turn is packed with squirrelly charm and creates an odd sense of sympathy for this essentially unforgivable character. He is irredeemable, but Gere sucks the viewer in, making us all complicit in his futile scheme.

Anchored by strong supporting work from Susan Sarandon as Gere's beleaguered wife (and, to a lesser extent, Brit Marling as his suspicious daughter), Arbitrage has a cold, sexy sheen that works for and against it. As circumstances reach a boiling point in the final act, Jarecki's presentation is a little distant and restrained, never engaging as wholly with the intensity the story seems to demand. Tim Roth's detective character is also constantly jarring, popping in and out of the narrative like the ghost of Columbo, looking like he wandered off the set of a completely different movie.

This is an impressive first film. However, despite a great score by Cliff Martinez, the whole project doesn't reach the heights one feels it could. Arbitrage is still an engagingly superficial thriller that promises great things to come from Jarecki.

3/5

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Member Reviews (35)

Kaz
says
The audio was really bad but apart from that it was a good movie. However, I agree that it could have ended better.
Posted Friday, 18 July 2014 See my other reviews
Complicated, hard to follow, B-grade movie. Disappointing for Gere, he's done so much good stuff in his time.
Posted Tuesday, 18 March 2014 See my other reviews
DEB
says
I REALLY ENJOYED THIS MOVIE,A VERY GOOD WATCH.. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT..SIT BACK AND ENJOY ,ANOTHER,REALLY GOOD MOVIE ,STARRING RICHARD GERE..EXCELLENT..
Posted Sunday, 16 March 2014 See my other reviews
Margaret
says
What can I say,i neither loved nor hated it. I really enjoy Richard in most movies and I thought this was not one of his best but I did think it an ok movie.
Posted Wednesday, 5 February 2014 See my other reviews
great story. could have ended better
Posted Tuesday, 19 November 2013 See my other reviews
cs
says
Thought the ending was an anti climax leaving one to ponder their own conclusion - does the bad guy get away with it
Posted Thursday, 24 October 2013 See my other reviews
Mintiegirl
says
Gere was great. Good yarn.
Posted Monday, 30 September 2013 See my other reviews
garrett
says
fairly good movie
Posted Monday, 23 September 2013 See my other reviews
Andrew
says
This is quite a good movie with reasonable acting, although the sudden (and to some extent, unresolved) ending was very abrupt.
Posted Saturday, 14 September 2013 See my other reviews
Mary
says
It set out to be a very good movie and even though I have not always thought Richard Gere is a good actor He was believable in this movie. However, an abrupt ending left me disappointed and I got the impression the director or writer didn't know how to create a really good suspenseful film. They lost the plot!
Posted Wednesday, 11 September 2013 See my other reviews
Mike Brindley
says
For me, an excellent film. It breaks the 'hero's journey' formula and is in the mould of much recent television crime drama in its attention to the 'ripple effect' of a crime. As in life, it's not just about the criminal and the hero cop: other are affected. Here the central character is corrupt, self-deluding and selfish; he tries but fails to drive the story; he is plausible only in his own eyes, but Richard Gere's performance makes for a compelling character. You certainly want to know what happens next. Tim Roth (channeling Colombo?) as the dogged rather than brilliant cop is an excellent foil.
Posted Thursday, 29 August 2013 See my other reviews
sue
says
The story is really interesting and the acting is good.
Posted Tuesday, 13 August 2013 See my other reviews
This movie is good you just need to sit and think about it for while at first you do think Richard Gere's character is a dirtbag until 10 mins before the end when it is quite clear most of what he dose is to look after the family, he has completely lost sight of who he is and will most likely walk away from everything after the sale of the business, he is still just looking after the family. His performance out shone all the other actors, Susan Sarandon just did not do it for my and the costume department should have been sacked for what they put her in, but worth watching
Posted Thursday, 8 August 2013 See my other reviews
Richard Gere's character is a dirtbag. Susan Sarandon shows too much of her old wrinkly flesh. The most interesting part of this movie is the title which gives the movie the appearance of something intelligent with its use of multiple syllables. I did not care for this one.
Posted Tuesday, 6 August 2013 See my other reviews
stanarosa
says
Enjoyed the movie ending was very sudden.
Posted Thursday, 18 July 2013 See my other reviews
Fitza
says
Good movie that keeps you interested all the way to the end, even though it is not difficult to guess how it will end. Perfect casting of Richard Gere and Time Roth, wiht Roth playing the detective who knows Gere is guilty of abandoning his girlfriend to die after a car crash but can't quite prove it in the legal sense. Gere, as always, is superb in the role of the Billionaire who is about to sell his company where he knows he has 'cooked the books' . You can feel the pressure on Gere's character as everything starts to unravel, all at once and he has to dig deep to get himself out of a looming criminal case. Well worth watching.
Posted Tuesday, 16 July 2013 See my other reviews
Geoff @gol
says
3 good cast good script. cunning & wealth V right. Aptly tiltled Power is the best alibi. Story of a manipulative Billionaire that made a few mistakes and suffers the consequences, Police know about 1 of them but knowing and proving are two different things. In the end he won but lost. Nat Parker as Jimmy is an impressive young actor. Gere as usual puts in a steller performance. Enjoyable nights entertinment
Posted Wednesday, 10 July 2013 See my other reviews
Alex
says
So this is how the Americans get rich???? What a fraud! Great acting and production.
Posted Sunday, 23 June 2013 See my other reviews
Quatarmass
says
A reasonably good movie. The wheeling and dealing gets a bit complicated but it doesn't spoil the movie. Worth a look.
Posted Wednesday, 5 June 2013 See my other reviews
Sorry to say but I thought it was boring c**p
Posted Monday, 27 May 2013 See my other reviews
Bavin
says
Richard Gere plays Robert Miller who is a mega-wealthy businessman who thinks he can break the rules whenever he wants. (As an aside, the chandelier in the stairwell of his house is amazing!). One day disaster happens and he desperately tries to cover his tracks so that his money empire doesn't crumble and that he doesn't go to jail. The tension mounts and mounts as the viewer wonders whether money trumps everything else.
Posted Sunday, 12 May 2013 See my other reviews
Maggie
says
I was really into this movie, was wondering how he was going to get himself out of so much trouble but then all of a sudden it was over .... great movie but disappointing ending.
Posted Saturday, 11 May 2013 See my other reviews
CC
says
This is the best thing I've seen Richard Gere do. He is perfectly cast, and brings a range of acting talent to his role that I didn't know he had. The storyline is tight and believable, and moves along at a good pace. The tension is almost palpable, as Gere struggles to keep all his balls in the air, and his head above water, despite things apparently careering out of control. Much better than I was expecting.
Posted Monday, 15 April 2013 See my other reviews
Good movie, worth watching. May not a totally original story line but still very interesting - Tim Roth was his usual self.
Posted Monday, 8 April 2013 See my other reviews
Nothing new really, it was okay I guess.
Posted Sunday, 24 March 2013 See my other reviews
Phil
says
The type of movie where Gere would indeed act. Nothing really original in this. Remains quite interesting until the end. Gere was ok but I feel how limited he is as an actor. Laetitia Casta was quite a weak actress.
Posted Friday, 22 March 2013 See my other reviews
Great movie but very sudden finish.
Posted Thursday, 21 March 2013 See my other reviews
gerd
says
Lie, cheat, defraud. In most movies you don't get away with it. Not unless you are rich. This movie is not quite so clear-cut. At every level, things aren't what they seem. The move is never boring and always surprising. It makes you think about the ethics of everyone involved.
Posted Sunday, 17 March 2013 See my other reviews
Ann E.
says
Richard Gere as always is brilliant in these type of thrillers, something about it reminded me of his previous film 'Intersection' though the storyline was quite differect., the other cast members were also excellent in the family and business associates around him The story revolves around some shady business dealings and a tragic accident that complicates an already tense business deal and a young detective that has a dislike of the rich & pampered social set. Excellent movie with a storyline that holds your attention BUT as mentioned before the ending is rather disappointing and almost unfinished? ? ?
Posted Saturday, 2 March 2013 See my other reviews
Melzy
says
A bit predictable ... But it was nice to see some good names in the casting!!!
Posted Friday, 22 February 2013 See my other reviews
MLV
says
Very good performances from a pedigree cast.
Posted Thursday, 21 February 2013 See my other reviews
cherry_bobby
says
Good movie - we thoroughly enjoyed it. He got himself into quite a pickle - very entertaining. Thought it ended very abruptly though.
Posted Thursday, 21 February 2013 See my other reviews
Ros M
says
Richard Gere was faultless in his acting but the story built and fell short on what could have been a great movie.
Posted Monday, 18 February 2013 See my other reviews
TT
says
Poor ending
Posted Friday, 15 February 2013 See my other reviews
kimbo
says
This is about a rich and successful investment company head who has committed some errors that would jeopardise his career and life. "arbitrage" has an interesting story because there are two parallel stories that the main character has to go through. Yes, the rich and successful guy has committed not one but two mistakes, and he has to work very hard to make things right. There us much suspense throughout the film. There are many times when it looks like his mistakes could not be rectified. It is very engaging and thrilling to watch. The performance by Richard Gere us very good, he portrays the confident business tycoon look, the scared crook look and the frustrated man look brilliantly. I enjoyed watching this film a lot.
Posted Friday, 8 February 2013 See my other reviews
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