Arbitrage, from first-time feature director Nicholas Jarecki is written and directed with great skill. He displays real potential as an emerging filmmaker, taking on the timely story of a hedge fund magnate whose bad karma comes full circle as several errors start to come crashing down on him all at once.
Taking on the central role of Robert Miller is Richard Gere, with the silver fox utilizing all of the charm and likability that he made his career on and giving a performance that is one of the finest of his decade’s long career.(He was nominated for a Golden Globe, as best actor).
Miller isn’t a character who is doing the wrong things and laughing his greedy way to the top. He knows that he is making mistakes and hurting people, but he truly believes that the ends justify the means and that makes it all the more disturbing when you see him try to explain his actions as his world comes crumbling down. A profitable business deal coincides with an accident involving his extra-marital lover, and all of the selfish deeds that Miller has been profiting from personally and financially are threatening to come into the light. Gere’s phenomenal performance takes centre stage in all of its surprising humanity and towering intimidation, but everyone in the cast is able to shine from one moment to the next.
Susan Sarandon, still as beautiful as ever, steals her scenes as Miller’s powerful wife. As does Brit Marling and especially Nate Parker, newcomers full of promise. Like the best movies, Arbitrage persuades us to ask tough questions about ourselves. Gere gives us a window into the soul of a man who finally realizes that even money will no longer help him lie to himself. It’s an implosive tour de force.
Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth, Nate Parker
Awards: Two wins, five nomination
Nicholas Jarecki | USA | 2011 | 107 mins | 15
Weighted vote 81.4%