We had to go into San Antonio to watch “Arbitrage,” starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, and Laetitia Casta. This is definitely not a feel-good movie. There’s nothing redeeming about arrogance, greed, backstabbing, dishonesty, philandering, or the way big business actually works. While there was nothing specifically wrong with “Arbitrage,” I wondered who would actually like it.
Arbitrage: the simultaneous buying and selling of assets in different markets or in derivative forms in order to take advantage of differing prices for the same assets. Robert Miller (Gere) is a desperate hedge fund magnate whose mega-million Russian copper mining investment gets him into trouble. He secretly used his company’s money for the investment, borrowed the same amount from a friend to temporarily show that his company had that money, then he has to depend on the sale of his trading empire to pay back the borrowed money. His stress has him ignoring his wife Ellen (Sarandon), keeping his daughter Brooke (Marling), who works for him, out of the loop, and trying to maintain a relationship with his volatile mistress Julie (Casta), who expects him to be at her beck and call, regardless of what’s going on in his life.
One night Miller, who hasn’t been sleeping well, takes off with Julie in her car to his mountain cabin to await news of his company’s sale. He loses control of the car and it rolls over and over, killing Julie and giving him internal injuries. However, as he walks away for help, the car explodes. Upon reaching a phone booth, he calls for a ride and thus begins his downfall.
Detective Michael Bryer (Roth) is on the case when it is determined that the driver left the scene of the accident and doesn’t want to be known. He is a very dogged, suspicious detective, who latches onto the magnate after learning that Miller owned the woman’s apartment and backed her art gallery.
Gere plays the unsympathetic rake to perfection. In the end, Miller sells his company but loses everything…Well, I did like that part.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.