Arbitrage 2012

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When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere), he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. However, behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to conceal an affair with artist Julie Cote (Laetitia Casta) whilst racing to complete the sale of his empire before his fraudulent dealings can be revealed. When a tragic accident complicates things further, attracting the unwanted attention of tenacious NYPD detective Michael Bryer (Roth), Miller finds himself battling not just for his reputation but also his life. As the net tightens around him, Miller realises that the suspicions of not just the police but also his loyal wife (Susan Sarandon) and heir-apparent (Brit Marling) have been aroused. With time running out, can Miller find a way out without destroying his own life and those around him?

Starring:
Chris Eigeman, Larry Pine
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Chris Eigeman, Larry Pine, Tim Roth, Curtiss Cook, Bruce Altman, Nate Parker, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta, Susan Sarandon, Graydon Carter, Stuart Margolin, Richard Gere
Director Nicholas Jarecki
Genres Thriller
Studio KOCH MEDIA
Rental release 15 July 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Chris Eigeman, Larry Pine, Tim Roth, Curtiss Cook, Bruce Altman, Nate Parker, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta, Susan Sarandon, Graydon Carter, Stuart Margolin, Richard Gere
Director Nicholas Jarecki
Genres Thriller
Studio KOCH MEDIA
Rental release 15 July 2013
Main languages English

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
Here's a stylish, intriguing film about a man with everything - job, money, house, family - who is brought low by allowing his desires to overreach his ability or trust in good fortune. If you think this sounds all a bit like The Bonfire of the Vanities you'd be correct - in fact, the two stories share roughly the same locations in Manhattan. This, though, is a much better film than the one which was made from Tom Wolfe's excellent novel. Richard Gere is compulsively watchable as the central character as he tries to outsmart the police, his business rivals and his family: the fact that we're rooting for him to succeed in spite of the fact that his actions and character are not of the highest ethical quality is a strong testament to his acting skills.

The work of the rest of the cast is of a similar high standard - I particularly liked Tim Roth's detective, and the way his confidence visibly drains from him as he thinks his quarry is slipping through his fingers. In fact, this might be the sort of film where there are a few too many good actors; in particular, I could have done with seeing more of Susan Sarandon as the wife who isn't sure about what's going on. The setting is admirably filmed, with shots of the Empire State Building in the background just in case we've forgotten the location, and the portrayal of the luxury that Gere's living in (and fighting to stay in) will be fascinating to an audience who feel that their noses are no longer pressed against the window, but have finally been allowed inside. Where they discover that the rich aren't that different from everyone else, and that money can't buy love after all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 April 2013
Format: DVD
'Arbitrage' is a thriller drama of the higest degree. What,at first, looked like a run of the mill story about Wall Street, ended up becoming a very involved film.

Richard Gere, such a superb actor, and he is riveting in this film. This film revolves around his character, Robert Miller, a venture capitalist, who is above all else, a fraud. He is trying to sell his company, and in the midst he needs to hide a four hundred million hole. That, my friend, is the gist of the film. Been there, done that, oh, yes, but there is more, much more. Miller's wife, played by SusanSarandon, is aware of Miller's other life, that of mistresses and secrets. As long as he keeps bringing home the bacon, she is fine with the situation. That is, until, Miller, involves his daughter, Brooke, in the fraud. She is CFO of the company, and has values and morals. She reminded me a great deal of Ivanka Trump, that cold, blonde goddess looks, that hides an interior of emotions. One night, when Miller is out with his mistress, his world explodes, and we are witness to his cunning and intelligence as he attempts to put his life back together.

Richard Gere is a terrific actor, and he IS this film, everything revolves around him. He may remind you of Bernie Maddoff, but not for long. Gere has the kind of presence and fortitude that demands attention. His every facial expression, expresses his emotions and his intense need. This is a man who is guilty of many things, and we go along for the ride, waiting to see him get caught. The ending is as surprising as the film itself.

Recommended. prisrob 04-22-13
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andres C. Salama on 12 Jan. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Very entertaining legal financial thriller with Richard Gere perfect as an unscrupulous, ethically challenged multimillionaire who on the eve of his sixtieth birthday sees his position as a great businessman and philanthropist turn increasingly precarious. His business empire was actually built on fraud committed to his investors, and the only solution he sees to avoid being caught for cooking the books is selling his company to a businessman that is playing hard to get. Even worse for him, her lover (Laetitia Casta) dies in a car accident while he was driving; he flees, but the police see him increasingly as a suspect for her murder, and a dogged detective (Tim Roth) will spare no stone in order to catch him. On the family side, his own daughter (Brit Marling) realizes he is a fraud; only his wife (Susan Sarandon) seems (alas, only seems) willing to stand by him. The film is fast and entertaining throughout. And for what is worth, on my own limited experience with businessmen, I think that Gere is impressive in showing the manic compulsive behavior of many of them. Fine film debut by director Andrew Jarecki.
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By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
Not expecting too much after some lukewarm reviews, this proved to be a well-made drama, part psychological study, part thriller, a tart comment on the greed and sharp practice recently revealed in the world of hedge fund trading.

Although not quite in the same league as Bernard Madoff, Robert Miller appears to be a successful and ruthless business tycoon. At the outset, we see him celebrate his sixtieth birthday in style with his apparently loving wife and family but the cracks in the facade soon begin to show. Miller's angry frustration over the elusive James Mayfield's reluctance to sign the contract for a major purchase is explained once we realise that an old associate of Miller's is threatening to pull the plug on a business loan, without which a large hole in the company accounts will be exposed.

When Miller goes to seek solace with his beautiful but possibly loose-cannon mistress, events begin to spiral out of control in a series of mishaps. Is Miller wily enough to save himself when fate seems to have turned against him so abruptly?

There are several dramatic exchanges between, for instance, Miller and the persistent detective played by Tim Roth, or Miller and the young black man he turns to for help, improbably until the reason is explained. Although you can enjoy this as a lightweight piece of entertainment, this film explores the personalities of the main characters and moral issues raised by the pursuit of wealth, power and personal satisfaction. Is Miller more than a cold-hearted money-grubber who has to win every battle?
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