Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is a master in the stock market. He has made billions over his lifetime and is getting ready to sell his company, not because he wants to, but because there is so much fraud he needs the money to pay back his investors to break even. Along with the 400 million he “borrowed,” Robert also has another secret, her name is Julie (Laetitia Casta). Julie wishes that Robert would leave his wife (Susan Sarandon) to be with her and when he risks losing her, he agrees to runaway with Julie. This is when Robert’s life turns upside down as Julie is killed in a car accident when Robert falls asleep. Now Robert has crucial life decisions to make and he turns to an unlikely acquaintance to help him clear his name.
Arbitrage is a different kind of thriller than you are probably use to. With a similar feel to the plot of Margin Call (thriller with more financial/political aspects), Arbitrage will create suspense and tension with the risk of being caught rather than a sense of danger or death. Richard Gere gives a nice performance as the man trying to get out of a very large hole with a toothpick – everywhere he turns a new lie is formed. Arbitrage will keep you glued to the screen and interested to see how Robert tries to get out of his situation, but sadly, the ending is where the roller coaster stops as it felt empty and a tad boring even if you would call it a twist. If it weren’t for the all-star cast, I think Arbitrage would be a movie that would be overlooked and fall through the cracks, but due to the star-power, Richard Gere may get his first Oscar nomination EVER! My recommendation is spend the 3.99 to rent it off Amazon or Red Box, but don’t spend much more. It may leave some disappointed. Co-starring Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Bruce Altman, and Nate Parker.
7/10 Stars – Would have been an 8 if not for the weak ending, but the ride to get there was gripping.
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