Arbitrage (2012)


“[interrogating] You stay on the phone for a minute and a half with a wrong number. What the f*ck do you talk about? Area codes?” – Det. Michael Bryer

Number of Times Seen –Twice (12 Dec 2012 and 6 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After a tragic accident, a businessman tries to get his life in order while avoiding the law.

My Take on it – Engaging film that is done well largely due to the powerful performance by Richard Gere in the lead role.

The supporting cast is also quite good and helps move things along.

Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth and Brit Marling all add so much to the way things unfold.

The film does a nice job creating a good mystery for the characters and through the story we learn a lot about each of their integrity and personality through their words and actions along the way.

The way that Gere plays this character is done well because we can both see how he doesn’t wish to relinquish his power yet at the same time needs to constantly try and find ways to spin the situations around him in his favor.

There are some aspects of the story which are a bit too predictable which takes things slightly away from the story a bit.

The film’s mixture of timely financial jargon and themes along with a crime mystery is blended well together and this helps keep things more enjoyable to watch unfold.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Rittenband, the judge’s name in the film, is also the name of the actual judge who sat on a number of high profile Celebrity court cases , including the Roman Polanski’s trial in the late Seventies. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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