Monday 25 February 2013

Arbitrage review

Arbitrage (15/R, 107 mins)
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This riveting drama stars Richard Gere as a super-rich business mogul, married to Susan Sarandon and hitting 60, who wants to sell his company. But his empire is a house of cards which has left him with a $400m hole if a merger doesn’t go through, before a plot development that’s best left unspoiled sends his life in another direction entirely and leaves him trying to juggle financial meltdown and a police investigation. This twisted morality tale is the complete package, working as both a polished thriller and a savage indictment of the abuse of power of the rich and privileged. As the lies spiral and it grips firmly, Arbitrage is topical, multi-layered and hugely entertaining. Tim Roth adds sly support as a dogged cop, but it’s Gere’s show, and in his polished malevolence he has quite simply never been better.

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