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 "Arbitrage" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Robert Miller (Gere) is a New York hedge-fund magnate who appears to have it all - money, power, a loving wife (Sarandon), and a devoted daughter (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 (Roth) and threatening the future of his financial empire. As the line blurs between 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.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2012, Color, Rated R, 1 Hrs 47 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC/ BD50
  • English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
  • Starring:

    Richard Gere, Tim Roth, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling

  • Directed by: Nicholas Jarecki
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

This film is a better than average thriller that takes a look behind the curtain of the financial institutions. Gere portrays his character with quiet desperation as he attempts to juggle his mounting problems with a cool exterior. $400 million are missing from his company, an on-going audit is taking place and he is trying to evade a manslaughter case involving his mistress. He has a lot on his plate and you feel the building tension with each passing minute of this movie. Ultimately, this is a morality tale. What would you do to protect your family, fame and wealth? Do the rich really get away with murder? Some very thought provoking themes are at play here. The acting and production are superb. Recommended!

Technical

Though the budget for this film was probably on the low side, you would never know it. Picture quality and sound are all quite good. Most of the film takes place indoors or at night, but the colors are crisp and details are plentiful. The dark scenes still hold up without murkiness. Only a few close shots of Gere are a bit soft, but they are hardly noticeable. The sound is clear and the dialog well anchored. Not a lot of action, but the sub and surrounds jump into play effectively during the car crash scene.

Extras

A comentary with the director, deleted scenes, "Who is Robert Miller?" and "A glimpse into Arbitrage" featurettes.