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Arbitrage [Blu-ray] (2012)

Richard Gere , Susan Sarandon , Nicholas Jarecki  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,585 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling
  • Directors: Nicholas Jarecki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,585 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009NZXMJO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,653 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dynamic performances by Richard Gere and an all-star cast highlight this riveting, suspense-filled thriller about love, loyalty, and high finance. Robert Miller (Gere) is a New York hedge-fund magnate who appears to have it all - money, power, a loving wife (Susan Sarandon), and a devoted daughter (Brit Marling) working by his side. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion Miller is running on borrowed time, trying to unload his crippled trading company before his frauds are revealed. A deadly error throws Miller's "perfect life" into a tailspin, raising the suspicions of a detective (Tim Roth) and threatening the future of his financial empire. As the line blurs bet ween what is right and wrong, legal and criminal, Miller is driven to desperate measures to protect the only thing more precious than his considerable fortune: his family.

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121 of 139 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... Entertaining thriller from start to finish September 14, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
"Arbitrage" (2012 release; 100 min.) stars Richard Gere as Robert Miller, the owner and CEO of Miller Capital, a Wall Street investment firm. Soon enough into the movie, we learn that Miller has all kinds of business and relationships issues/problems, and in fact each of these problems could've easily by themselves filled a whole movie: from the business side, it appears that Miller's firm is mysteriously short $412 million just at a time when the firm is about to be sold at a large profit. Miller borrows the funds to cover up the hole, but that puts only more pressure on him as the lender now wants the loan repaid. From the personal side, Miller is having an affair with Julie, a French up-and-coming art gallery owner. Late one night, as Miller and Julie are diving off, Miller nods off, causing the car to flip over and Julie is accidentally killed. Miller decides to flee the scene.

At that point we're maybe 20 min. into the movie, and to tell you more of the plot would truly ruin your viewing experience. The tension does not let up, as we watch and wonder (i) whether Miller can pull off the sale of his company despite all of the financial and accounting irregularities, and (ii) whether Miller will be able to get away with the accidental death of Julie. You'll just have to see it for yourself how it all plays out.

Several commments: this is the first feature from writer-director Nicholas Jarecki, and he shows a lot of talent and promise. At times the movie felt very Hitchcock-like.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OH WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE January 10, 2013
Format:DVD
It is always nice to get out while you are on top, before you are caught with your finger in the pie. This is what a dishonest, cheating Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is attempting to do. This is a semi-crime drama that comes at you rather fast with no time for character build up. Robert Miller is unlikeable, but the film doesn't build character for anyone else. I found myself rooting for minor characters who are more honest than Miller, but not puritanical.

Brit Marling as the overly smart daughter played a convincing role, but Susan Sarandon as the wife did not have the lines she needed to excel. The individual scene dialouge was predictable. The film is more of a crime drama with the financial empire and deals being part of the background dealings setting up Gere's character.

Might be worth watching once. A film you will forget an hour after you have seen it. Not a keeper.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, brief sex, no nudity
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and anxiety - then an abrupt ending May 17, 2013
Format:DVD
Arbitrage stars Richard Geer and Susan Sarandon in this film about financial corruption that echoes the real-life scandals of 2008. The movie was filmed on-location in New York City and is directed by the up-and-coming Nicholas Jarecki (born in 1979).

In the movie Geer plays Robert Miller, a billionaire financial trader who is married (Susan Sarandon) and has a sharp-as-a-tack daughter named Brooke (Brit Marling), who works for him. Miller is trying to sell-off his financial company which has hidden bad investments. In the meantime he is juggling an unraveling relationship with a mistress (Julie Cote), and an angry investor.

One evening he and his mistress have a bad accident and she is dead. Miller calls a young black man named Jimmy (Nate Parker) whom he had befriended at one time. Miller needs Jimmy's help to sneak away from the accident scene. But the cops soon try to frame Jimmy for the accident. Before long Miller is beset from all sides: the accident, his financial misdeeds, and family members who have been onto his act for a long time.

The acting was quite good in this film on all fronts. Geer is good at balancing a `Mr. Cool' persona and also an angst-ridden conscious. Brit Marling made quite an impression in this film too. She's attractive, smart, and plays her part very well. I also liked Nate Parker's role, where he had to balance an odd friendship with a billionaire investor (Geer) while struggling to make ends meet in his Harlem apartment.
My only complaint about the film is the abrupt ending. While in hindsight you can surmise that all the loose plot points were tied up, the film lacked some satisfaction for me with the way it wrapped up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Corporate Greed, Deceit, Fraud: Public Enemies Observed September 17, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Money is the root of all evil. Nicholas Jarecki wrote and directed this unrelentingly dark film about the etiology of our current financial lethal disease state and in doing so helps bring to light some of the aspects we need to examine instead of simply shudder and ignore. To have the courage to write such a controversial story (the nidus of which is exceedingly similar to the Bernie Madoff travesty) sets the tone for this film - a film that dares to explore the manner in which a wealthy businessman descends into his own hell and yet manages to survive. It is a disturbing theme: it is a brilliantly acted and directed film.

Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is a multibillionaire hedge fund magnate whose errors in investing judgment are catching up with him. He is the patriarch of a family that consists of his supportive and adoring wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon, as beautiful and brilliant as ever), a son who is so unimportant that we never get to know him, and a beautiful bright daughter Brooke (Brit Marling, an actress to watch closely) who is Miller's sidekick in his trading empire. Miller's flaws show from the beginning: he has an artist mistress Julie (Laetitia Casta) with whom he secretly cavorts, an investment in Russian copper on which he spends his clients' money to acquire before the investment falls through, he owes money to an angry loaner who pressures him to pay off his huge debt, etc. Troubles are compounded when Miller suggests to Julie they take her car and go to a seaside summer home to get away and during that trip Miller accidentally wrecks the car and Julie is killed. Miller calls Jimmy (Nate Parker, another brilliant characterization), the son of a man Miller befriended in the past, to pick him up. And there the trouble begins.
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