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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.Read more ›
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.
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
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.Read more ›
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Some violence and it was fun to watch but not to encourage people to live that way.Published 8 days ago by James Cary
Great post-Great Recession film about a crooked Wall Street tycoon trying to fix the accidental killing of his mistress at the same time his daughter discovers his firm has been... Read morePublished 8 days ago by dawkins jr
interesting , entertaining picture...... Gere is a skilled actor as well as a hollywood heart throbPublished 1 month ago by REEL RELIEF
It didn't hurt that Richard Gere was in it, but the story is so very interesting I believe the movie would be compelling even with other actorsPublished 3 months ago by nikki60
Loved the movie - and the ending. Great actors - great job!Published 3 months ago by linda culbertson