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Arbitrage
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Jan 15, 2013 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Nicholas Jarecki

Actors:
Richard Gere
Tim Roth

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A hedge-fund tycoon (Richard Gere) who’s embroiled in some dirty dealings, finds his whole world spinning out of control after a deadly accident forces him to turn to an unlikely friend for help.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
A lot of folks figured Richard Gere was a lock for his first-ever best actor nomination at the Oscars this year, but alas it was not meant to be. However, since premiering at Sundance 2012- almost exactly a year ago, ARBITRAGE has proven to be a real breakout hit- as far as the new world of VOD goes. It not only broke VOD records, but it also had a very successful art-house theatrical run, proving- like the similarly themed MARGIN CALL that even if a movie comes out on VOD- it can still do quite well as a theatrical. If only the company behind GET THE GRINGO was as adventurous.

I’d wager that Richard Gere’s superb performance is what really put the film over as- truth be told, I wasn’t overly wild about it when I saw it at Sundance last year. Part of it- namely, the hedge-fund, financial wheeling and dealing angle was utterly fascinating, and made for a superbly entertaining drama. Too bad that a murder-mystery is shoehorned into the film- diminishing the best part of the film, and turning it into a kind of hybrid of MARGIN CALL/film noir, that’s not entirely successful.

Still, while I had issues with ARBITRAGE, it can’t be denied that chunks of the film are gripping, and the Gere gives the performance of his career in the tailor-made lead role. Even if you’re only a casual fan of his, you’d be well advised to check him out in this- proving that while many actors get lazy with age, in Gere getting older seems to have made him a better actor.

THE EXTRAS
As far as extras go, there’s a solid commentary track from director Nicholas Jarecki, who seems to know more than his share about the world of finance. There’s also two featurettes - one a standard “behind the scenes”, the second focusing on the inner world of the protagonist. The extras are rounded out by ten minutes of deleted scenes .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
ARBITRAGE would have certainly been better without the murder-mystery angle (although Tim Roth is great as the detective investigating the case), but there’s enough about the film that’s gripping to make it a worthwhile watch. As for Gere- he’s superb, and I hope we get more top-notch performances like this out of him in the future.
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5:45PM on 01/16/2013
Saw it last night. Terrific film in my opinion. Sure, a great movie could have been made without the manslaughter investigation, but I got so much out of Gere's relationship with the Nate Parker character. While Tim Roth's whole angle might've felt a little unnecessary, the idea that one wrong move on either end could lead Miller's whole carefully constructed world crashing down, with Jimmy's freedom on one end, and the jobs of many on the other, made me care about Robert Miller in a way I
Saw it last night. Terrific film in my opinion. Sure, a great movie could have been made without the manslaughter investigation, but I got so much out of Gere's relationship with the Nate Parker character. While Tim Roth's whole angle might've felt a little unnecessary, the idea that one wrong move on either end could lead Miller's whole carefully constructed world crashing down, with Jimmy's freedom on one end, and the jobs of many on the other, made me care about Robert Miller in a way I doubt I would have if he'd just been wheeling and dealing and I'm thinking throw his ass in jail already. Not to mention cover-ups like that aren't unheard-of where big money is concerned.
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