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Film Review: Arbitrage

Richard Gere gives his smoothest, slickest performance ever as Robert Miller, a corporate superstar with a sinister secret or two up his sleeve.

When Miller gets caught up in his own web of lies, he desperately claws his way out of trouble before his family, business, reputation, and livelihood are shattered.

Set in the cautious post-GFC trading climate, Arbitrage unfolds with a delicate pace that keeps you guessing the outcome until the very end.

Gere is breath-taking to watch as he effortlessly slips between roles as father figure, CEO, and community figurehead. He is so alluring that you can’t help but hang on his every move, hoping that he’ll escape the justice he probably deserves for his mis-dealings.

Performances from Tim Roth (as the detective trying to expose Miller’s dishonesty), Susan Sarandon (as Miller’s tolerant wife) and Nate Parker (as Miller’s accomplice) are all exceptional, joining together to form a kind of contemporary film noir with a Wall Street backdrop.

Above all, the intrigue of Arbitrage is how you respond as a viewer.

With such strong characterisation from Gere, Roth, and Sarandon–all of whom demand a special sympathy–you are never quite sure who to side with.

Even after the end credits, you are left to ponder your own moral questions about whether or not the most just result was achieved, and a niggling sense of introspection about your own ethical perspective.

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