Excerpt: The man who landed himself on the cover of Forbes is in dire straits to sell his company to an unsuspecting buyer before some financial shenanigans come to light. To cover up his financial missteps, Miller had to borrow $400 million from a friend to help hide his investment losses, but he’s overdue...
Conclusion: Arbitrage was an interesting character study of how one man who has everything is not above losing it all over bad judgment. The difference that’s illustrated with a man like Robert Miller is that even when things are going wrong for Miller, he has unlimited resources to correct them.
Summary: This could have easily been a typical tale of a corrupt Wall Street shark, but it’s not. There’s a depth and humanity to the character of Robert Miller that makes this film very compelling. This movie is well worth your time and money.
Excerpt: The Film Richard Gere is one of those actors. He's had his share of crappy movies, such as Dr. T and the Women , Nights in Rodanthe and The Double . However, when he's hot, he's hot -- in every single sense of the word. He certainly oozes that hotness in Arbitrage .
Conclusion: Most people have likely felt the effects of the economic crunch in one form or another, and seeing aspects of it on film may not be the way most audiences would like to spend their time escaping from the real world.
Conclusion: I was sort of half expecting Arbitrage to be another "weighty" drama a la Margin Call , but for me personally this outing with duplicitous high rollers on Wall Street was a much more satisfying, exciting experience.
Excerpt: Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage is the latest example of an increasingly popular genre: the white-collar white-knuckler, which suggests that since the real thieves today are sitting in corporate boardrooms, paperwork and bargaining can be as tense as any shootout.