So, let me get this straight. What you’re telling me is that I’m supposed to be sitting around with my thumb up my ass and my fingers crossed hoping that one of these fucking days somewhere down the line one of these rich assholes is going to say the wrong thing loud enough so that we can’t choose to ignore ’em anymore.
– A furious New York Police Detective Michael Bryer to the Judge in Arbitrage
As part of my mission to wean you schmucks from those mind-numbing, trashy Bollywood, Kollywood and Tollywood films, I present Arbitrage (2012) starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Nate Parker and Brit Marling.
Yes, notwithstanding your misinformation, Richard Gere, the Dalai Lama’s bosom pal, is still alive and kicking.
And Gere continues to make movies when he’s not espousing Tibetan causes.
In Arbitrage, Richard Gere plays a crooked hedge fund magnate Robert Miller who’s cooked the company’s books to the tune of $412 million so that he can sell his company to another Wall Street crook.
But if Arbitrage were merely about the financial shenanigans of Wall Street, nobody would have watched this film.
The average Joe is a stupid Joe with no patience for serious and important stuff, even if it’s about gross corruption and reckless behavior by the wealthy.
So director and writer Nicholas Jarecki livens up the picture.
Jarecki takes the corruption of Wall St and the power of the obscenely wealthy, throws in a sexy French mistress, a fiery car crash, a persistent police detective and a former felon, and delivers a heady concoction called Arbitrage.
Richard Gere is in his element as the 60-year-old patriarch of the family and head of a hedge fund that’s under great stress.
Robert Miller ‘s greed for a quick return in Russia has caused his whole financial empire to teeter on a precipice.
Seldom ruffled, mostly cold-blooded and making no pretense about the big part MONEY plays in his life, Gere plays the role of the hedge fund magnate with considerable elan.
If Gere is good, the rest of the crew including Susan Sarandon as Miller’s wife, Nate Parker as the former felon Jimmy Grant and Tim Roth as the police detective desperate to nab the big fish are no less impressive.
So how different are the obscenely wealthy from the rest of us?
Well, the obscenely wealthy Robert Miller has never heard of Applebee’s. That’s kind of like Sun TV baron Kalanidhi Maran not having heard of Saravana Bhavan!
Although the financial piece of Arbitrage is always centerstage, still director Nicholas Jarecki manages to get the right mix between the financial aspects and the other elements of the film like family, loyalty, love, police misconduct etc.
Arbitrage is a fine film worthy of your attention.
SearchIndia.com recommends Arbitrage to all lovers of crappy Indian movies so that they can discern the difference between gold dust and sawdust. The DVD is available at Netflix in the U.S.