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A lovable charlatan.,
This review is from: Arbitrage [DVD] (DVD)
Where was Richard Gere before "Arbitrage" and after "Pretty Woman"? Wherever he was, he emerged in top form to star in this smooth and sleek thriller set in the dazzling world of high finance and New York City charity galas populated by successful financiers and their friends and foes. A happy patriarch Robert Miller (Richard Gere) and his family inhabit that world. But is everything as glamorous and glossy as we are shown in the beginning? Of course not. Miller's life is literally a car crash waiting to happen, both allegorically and literally. And he is in yet another pickle.
Ah, the suspense, the drama, the accusations, the lies, the brilliance of Richard Gere the actor (yes, he is shining in the role!), the brilliance of Susan Sarandon (who, in quite small role of his wife Ellen, is convincing and substantial, yet she does not have the guts to top over her charismatic husband). I did not see any flaws with the film, except maybe the ending. But here again, it depends how you choose to interpret the culmination of the "Arbitrage", and I chose to treat it as yet another victory for the hero - he is the big money guy, lovable and what seems compassionate, and not having the reigns stolen from his tight grip. Richard Gere charmed my socks off and I was totally persuaded to root for him.
All in all, Richard Gere is great and the supporting cast do excellent jobs in this absorbing examination of greediness, fairness, justice and the [corrupted] law.
If you liked "Arbitrage", check out the Margin Call [DVD], although Miller is a far more lovable charlatan (but is he really a charlatan?) than that film's cold-blooded fraudsters. Okay, "The Arbitrage" does not invent anything as a thriller, but it is exciting and enjoyable to watch.