Friday, September 28, 2012
Arbitrage, a Movie Review
First in total disclosure, Richard Gere in my books makes the ticket worthy, even if the sound doesn't work. I haven't yet recovered from his performance in American Gigolo (1980). The opening scene of his riding down the California Highway in the Mercedes Coup Convertible with the top down, Blondie singing "Call Me" in the back ground still gives me pause. But, I digress.
Arbitrage has two story lines going on at the same time. One is a great who-done-it, except you learn who did it early on and you are his side. The other keeps you intrigued. Richard Gere plays a hedge fund manager at the top of his game, master of his empire at the start of the movie. The 107 minutes flew by like the corporate jet in the opening scene. Susan Sarandon plays his wife, and though, usually I find her work brilliant, in this role she was flat. But who was watching her when Mr. Gere was on the set. And, his performance in is role of Robert Miller, is also good If there is one moral to the story, - will men ever learn? Probably not.
Rolling Stone says "It's instructive to note what a killer actor Richard Gere can be when a movie rises to his level."