Definition of Arbitrage: the practice of buying something, such as shares or currency, in one place and selling them in another where you can get a higher price at the same time
And that is what the central story of this film is about. Richard Gere plays the ace hedge fund manager, Robert Miller, who has just turned 60 years old, has a seemingly perfect family life, an international multi-million dollar company, huge wealth, happy family, private plane, art collection, a butler who produces gift wrapped presents at exactly the right time and then all this is flipped in a second and an LAPD detective (Tim Roth) enters Miller’s life and ruthlessly attempts to bring him down. I cannot reveal too much as this is a financial thriller with superb casting, Susan Sarandon plays Gere’s wife, a woman of seemingly frivolous characteristics who gradually shows her inner strength and ability to stand up against her husband for her daughter.
Nicholas Jarecki’s film is appealing in its story, strongly acted out, particularly by Richard Gere who is an underrated actor who has maybe, because of his looks, played seemingly lightweight roles. Pretty Woman may be in most womens’ top five films however it is, as Richard Gere himself describes, a rom-com. He is still handsome, toned and predatory which may be three reasons albeit the wrong reasons, why one wants him to come out on top! It definitely leaves one thinking or debating whether what he does was really wrong….a line from the film, when his daughter finds out what he has done and his explanation is, “I’m a patriarch, that’s my role and I have to play it,” but it was not the answer she wanted.
Definitely go see this film!