Fiona Purnell at the movies: Arbitrage

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SET in the world of high finance, ‘Arbitrage’ revolves around millionaire hedge-fund magnate, Robert Miller.

Played by Richard Gere, he is approaching his 60th birthday and has established a multi-million dollar trading empire.

On the outside he appears as the portrait of success, but behind the scenes his personal life is spiralling out of control.

The film’s title is a banking buzzword for exploiting the difference between two or more markets for profit, something Miller does both in business and his personal life.

When we meet Miller he’s trying to sell his vast empire to a major bank while avoiding detection for his fraudulent activity.

Struggling to hide it from his wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and daughter Brooke (Brit Marling), Miller is also balancing an affair with art dealer Julie (Laetitia Casta).

Things get even more complicated when he’s involved in a fatal car accident, which could wreck all his chances of a sale.

Fleeing the scene, it causes him to juggle family, business and crime with the aid of Jimmy Grant (Nate Parker), a face from his past.

The suspicions of detective Michael Bryer (Tim Roth) are aroused and Miller must do all he can to maintain the image of the successful businessman.

‘Arbitrage’ is director Nicholas Jarecki’s debut offering and it’s a fairly good first impression of his talent.

This is a classic thriller that will keep audiences interested until the end.

There are enough plot twists and turns to keep the momentum going and some strong performances from the cast.

Gere is once again on top form with his performance which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

He’s perfectly cast to play the smooth and slippery businessman.

He’s cool and charming and he somehow manages to make his character - a liar, a fraud and a philanderer - likeable in a way that the audience will find themselves rooting for him despite all his faults.

This may not be your hard-hitting financial crash film, but it’s not meant to fit that description.

It’s a thought provoking, psychological thriller that’s well crafted and is definitely worth the watch.


Certificate: 15

Running time: 107 minutes

Director: Nichola Jarecki

Stars: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon