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Arbitrage is the economic practice of buying and selling an asset at the same time, with the seller intending to make a profit in the exchange.

Nicholas Jareckis Arbitrage sets up billionaire magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) as a master of arbitrage in both his commercial dealings and in his private life. In the professional sector, Miller makes and multiplies his millions buying and selling companies and firms, deceptively profiting over quick turnovers and market prices.

Beyond the office, Miller balances an affair with a home life with the trappings of a wife who, to him, has become more of an obligation than a desire a business-partner daughter and a foolish son. Julie (Laetitia Casta), Roberts lover, is a Russian artist whose start in the United States, as well as her upscale apartment, are financed by Robert and his company. Gere is predictably a sleek, grinning master of his well-crafted universe; he is patriarch, CEO and eager-to-please boyfriend, all within an evening.

His world hangs in balance until a horrific accident puts both Roberts title as head of his family, as well as head his company, in jeopardy. As his company plunges into debt and fraud, he is forced to lie his way out of serious criminal charges.

Arbitrage is a film that knows bad things happen. Geres character says so before the title sequence rolls. As its trailer reveals, the Arbitrage cast toes the line between getting rich and getting caught; even the old, trusted family friend Jimmy Grant (Nate Parker), whose father Robert helped in a time of need, is pulled into the mess.

Geres performance as Robert Miller carries Arbitrage. As Miller forces himself to spend half of his words lying and the other half apologizing, Gere does a compelling job of each. The rest of the cast is adequate, while Castas appearance as Julie is relatively strong.

But most of the focus is placed on Millers possible demise and Gere shoulders the burden well.

Arbitrage is compelling and engaging until its final two minutes.

The film ends far too abruptly. Jarecki favors tucking loose ends of the story messily in the closing scene, rather than taking what wouldve only been a few minutes more of film to tie them up and explain them neatly.

While Jarecki most likely intended for the end of Arbitrage to leave the viewer pensive and thoughtful, the result is closer to confusion as to whether the film is actually over.

Overall, possibility of fortune and the risk of failure drive arbitrage in the business world; Counting on his fingers, Miller explains the world is driven by five things: M-O-N-E-Y. In the universe of Arbitrage, thats certainly the case in private life, as well. Scandal and secrecy have played almost as strong a role in Millers marriage as his wife. The consequences of Millers risk catch up with him, though he might win every once in awhile. On paper, maybe he does win in the end.

But what Arbitrage really brings to light is that, perhaps, if Miller would have pursued his passion before his paychecks, he might have gained more appreciation and suffered fewer apologies.

Arbitrage is the economic practice of buying and selling an asset at the same time, with the seller intending to make a profit in the exchange.

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