I’ll bet you haven’t even heard of it. It’s called ARBITRAGE and was one of the best entries at this past year’s Sundance Film Festival.
And who would’ve thought it, there’s now Oscar buzz swirling around for its star!
He’s Richard Gere playing successful New York hedge fund manager Robert Miller whose personal and business life reeks of fraud, infidelity—and murder?
It’s almost like Bernie Madoff meets a Wall Street-like suspense thriller in which Gere’s seemingly perfect home life with Susan Sarandon and daughter Brit Marling – who’s also the firm’s chief accountant – goes terribly wrong. And just as he’s about to sell the business to a major bank.
But what Gere DIDN’T see coming was the deadly car crash which now brings detective Tim Roth into the picture and the ultimate collapse of his house of cards.
The dictionary defines arbitrage as “buying of bills of exchange, stocks, etc. in a market and selling them at a profit in another market.”
Here Gere elevates it all to a whole ‘nother level. A balancing act of the highest caliber where just one wrong turn can end his empire—and life!
ARBITRAGE is a smart, intriguing morality thriller of love, loyalty and high finance where power becomes the best alibi as Gere now juggles family, business and crime to keep the bubble from bursting.
Ethics? Transgressions? Screw them all.
That is as long as charm and disguised fortitude fueled with a heavy dose of brass balls can keep the crystal palace from shattering.
Bottom line: Greed isn’t necessarily good in ARBITRAGE opening in limited runs to 3-1/2 out of 5 fraudulent fingers.
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