I’ve never been a fan of Richard Gere, but the trailer for Arbitrage made it out to be an interesting financial thriller, worth at least a couple of hours of my time. The thriller turned out to be more of a drama, but Gere turned out a surprisingly good performance.
The story follows Gere’s character Robert Miller, a hugely successful hedge fund manager whose recently made a $400,000,000 mistake. We meet him on his 60th birthday and he seems to be the essence of the American dream; successful, happily married and with many friends. It is of course just a facade. After the last of his guests depart he kisses his wife goodnight and heads off back to the office. At least that’s what he tells his wife. He is instead going to visit his girlfriend for some nocturnal fun.
His main efforts though go into trying to hide a four hundred million dollar hole in his accounts so he can sale his business to a investment bank and make off with a truckload of money. But as if making one small mistake isn’t enough, Robert Miller’s ego make him think he can getaway with a weekend escape to placate his girlfriend, driving in the middle of the night after a long week and some drinks. Cue dramatic accident and the death of his girlfriend and Miller’s next move is to protect the impending sale of his business and flee the scene.
With the cops sniffing around, and the deal taking longer than expected to go through, Miller also needs a fall guy for when the big cash hole is discovered by the new owners. His daughter is the company accountant and would make the ideal scapegoat, but she’s family so surely not.
With a few pleasing twists and turns Arbitrage wraps up nicely with a cunning move by one of the lesser players in the last part that has the potential to turn everything on it’s head.
Not a bad way to spend and evening on the couch.
M Offensive language.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read