Leon van Nierop
1 minute read
4 Oct 2013
8:00 am

Greed and need in Richard Gere’s newest film

Leon van Nierop

Sometimes documentary directors make the best fiction dramas, investing their films with a gripping narrative style, a smooth pace and a chilling, mysterious quality.

Brit Marling and Richard Gere in a scene from Arbitrage

This is exactly what Nicholas Jarecki has achieved in the satisfying, edgy Arbitrage.

Jarecki realises that the story and its speedy development is of the utmost importance in a thriller about greed, corruption and family.

It is the human part of the money machine that gets the audience’s attention and this is Arbitrage’s strongest point.

A precise script about an investment deal gone wrong and a hedge fund manager’s desperate efforts to salvage his empire takes on a sophisticated form through strong acting, eloquent directing and a glamorous visual style.

Richard Gere is first-rate as Robert Miller. He is a driven magnate who will go to any lengths to protect his empire and family.

In a week where there aren’t that many strong films (we are now entering Oscar season) this psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is sophisticated, cool and absorbing.