Sep 25, 2012

Movie Review: Arbitrage (2012)

~In economics and finance, ARBITRAGE is a practice of taking advantage of price difference between two or more markets... an arbitrage is risk free...~
My Economics text-book

Well, main character Robert Miller (Richard Gere) was not that lucky to take things with zero risk, but he was best at leveraging the risks he was facing.

Arbitrage is the first motion picture by New York University graduate Nicolas Jarecki. It tells a story of magnate who almost fails in selling his own trading empire. But before that, he rules a huge family consisting of wife (Susan Sarandon), a son - who seems to be very unimportant person, so that director tells almost nothing about him and a daughter Brooke - skillful professional in business and probably the only person who's able to catch up with father's "mistakes". Robert also deals with young, passionate lover Julie.

But everything goes wrong when Julie dies in car accident when Robert was driving and Brooke finds his father in fraudulence. 

Now Robert Miller has to struggle against two people: detective Michael Bryer (Tim Roth) and his own daughter and none of them is going to step back. 

I am not going to tell how well Gere's character manages this but I can definitely tell you that Richard, as an actor, did a great job. Possibly it's the best performance of his career. Anyone can name his memorable roles but this one is no doubt the best. He delivers an emotional, stressed and very precise acting and looks very natural which makes his work really brilliant. 

But the best part of this movie is Nicolas Jarecki. It's not easy to write and direct the film at the same time, especially when it is your first time. He wrote a beautifully crafted script and transferred it professionally on the screen. The more you watch bigger the tension gets and you want to know whether it will end up in a good way. The writer has intelligently stuck surprising details throughout the story and that made whole movie more dynamic.

So, I found Arbitrage to be an attractive, smart and well produced movie and believe that it could be a perfect star for Nicolas's directing or writing career.




At Feb 16, 2014, 7:33:00 PM , Anonymous Ben Russell said...

Great review Nika. I really liked Arbitrage too. It's surprisingly thrilling, and really well-made. Nothing screams masterpiece to me, but I'd give it an 8/10 too :)

At Feb 16, 2014, 7:51:00 PM , Anonymous Nika said...

Thanks Ben! It was quite entertaining, enjoyed a lot))


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