Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Brit Marling head the cast of Wall Street thriller "Arbitrage," an independent crime movie full of twists and suspense.
Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is a wealthy hedge fund tycoon approaching 60 who makes a series of critical errors while trying to complete the sale of his trading empire. Offered the opportunity to invest in an under-exploited copper mine in Russia which he expects to triple in six months, Miller checks it out and hedges the investment without anticipating the Russians blocking export of copper.
When Miller is involved in a car accident and his beautiful French mistress Julie Cote (Laetitia Casta) is killed, Miller calls on the son of his former chauffeur Jimmy Grant (Nate Parker) for help. Grant's part in Miller's cover up could cost the young man 10 years in jail for a felony with a prior conviction.
Michael Bryer (Tim Roth), the detective assigned to the case, dogs Grant's steps determined to get to the bottom of Cote's death.
Meanwhile, Miller's daughter Brooke (Brit Marling), the company's financial officer, discovers some of the numbers don't add up and confronts her father, pointing out his dishonest actions could result in her losing her brokerage license. Telling her father she is his partner and financial officer and should have been told the truth, Miller devalues her by indicating she only works for him. At an important dinner, Brooke still must introduce her father as a family man, philanthropist, and all-around humanitarian.
His daughter, his wife, and young Jimmy Grant are all collateral damage Miller is willing to risk as he gambles for high stakes and hedges his bets on life, business, and family.
Richard Gere is well cast as the despicable and yet mesmerizing Robert Miller, sleek, elegant, and always in control.
"Arbitrage" with Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Nate Parker, and Tim Roth is a worthwhile Wall Street crime movie. Slow moving at times, "Arbitrage" manages to show some of the humanity behind the ruthless obsessions that define American financial power brokers. Neither family friendly nor a Christian film, "Arbitrage" contains some adult situations.
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