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Richard Gere delivers an impeccable performance in the tense thrillerArbitrage, by feature-debut director Nicholas Jarecki.
Robert Miller (Gere) is a sly, billionaire hedge-fund CEO. His firm, Miller Capital, is for sale, provided a financial audit determines the books are legit. They arent, as Millers daughter Brooke (Brit Marling,Another Earth) uncovers in her own inspection. But a high-profile acquisition and those hot books pale in comparison when a late night car crash leaves his mistress (Laetitia Casta) dead and a determined detective (Tim Roth, TVsLie to Me) bent on uncovering the magnate.
The fall guy is Jimmy Grant (Nate Parker,Red Tails), a friend called upon to drive Miller home following the deadly crash. Jimmys an aspiring entrepreneur, but hes also had run-ins with the law, making him the sacrificial pawn. Its Jimmys unfortunate situation that Miller sees advantageous to gamble his fate; forcing him to face a grand jury for interfering in the investigation, by denying any involvement. The fallout would be damning for Miller Capital.
Director, Nicholas Jarecki had me fooled, but not from the complexity of his thriller. In spite of Robert Millers mistakes, I couldnt help but empathize with him. Geres performance certainly helps this sentiment.
Robert Miller is not only the patriarch of his family, but of the many he employs. Bad bets have left holes in the firms books, plugged by questionable financing and an expiring escrow, but if Miller Capital fails, so does his extended family of employees. I found myself rooting for the villain.
Arbitragedeserves the Oscar buzz its generating. Geres pointed performance, is to me personally, some of his finest work. Jarecki should get a nod, but I believe a sophomore resume and rather abrupt finale will derail the win.
If you can place the financial crisis woes of 08 aside, you might just enjoyArbitrage. This is an addictive thriller, worthy of your investment. With such a light offering at the current box office,Arbitrageis a great choice.
Chris GirouxMovie Reelist Contributor:Chris GirouxChris is founder and editor of Movie Reelist, and member of the Detroit Film Critics Society. Chriss first theater-going experience was seeing Home Alone in the back of his fathers pickup truck at the local drive-in theater. His favorite movies include Fight Club, Total Recall, Goldeneye, Escape From New York, Big Trouble in Little China, Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.Leave a comment…Cancel reply
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