16 May

Arbitrage: In finance. the simultaneous purchase and sale of the same securities, commodities, or foreign exchange in different markets to profit from unequal prices.

Robert Miller (played by Richard Gere) has always been an astute and successful entrepreneur, money just seems to be attracted to him. He is now a high profile New York businessman and he and his wife Ellen (by Susan Sarandon) are much admired philanthropists amongst New York society. From the outside, the world sees he has a stable and very happy family and his company is a rock solid operation, with his daughter Brooke (by Brit Marling) employed as the Chief Finance Officer, to manage day to day funds management functions. Unfortunately, the house of cards starts to crumble when a huge loan comes due that relies on a now shaky-looking high risk deal, then Robert’s extra marital life is at risk of exposure after he is involved in a car accident with a beautiful French art dealer, Julie Cote (by Letitia Casta). Detective Michael Bryer (by Tim Roth) starts to sniff around and shake up Robert’s life. Time is running out and he can’t risk any publicity until he seals the deal, or he will lose everything ……

This is a good contemporary drama with a strong cast. The timing is done well and the story unfolds nicely. I’d have liked to see more of Susan Sarandon’s character, wife Ellen, but she does come into her own in the closing stages of the movie. Tim Roth and Richard Gere are both great, but for me the best performance is by Nate Parker who plays Jimmy Grant, a young guy caught up in Miller’s high stakes games. In 2012, Parker was nominated for a Black Reel Award as best supporting actor for this performance. Richard Gere was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance here too – this role with such confidence, arrogance and courage of conviction is perfect for him. Well done, a good piece.

Made in 2012. Directed by Nicholas Jarecki

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