Arbitrage (2012) - Drama, Thriller

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A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Stars: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon
Length: 107 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 33 out of 158 found boring (20.88%)

One-line Reviews (158)

As the antidote to bland Hollywood white-knuckle escapism, Arbitrage is the sublime archetype, substantive and lasting and proving that smarts and dedicated performers can drive a compelling narrative.

It's amazing how well both stories fit together and it's one of those films that really keeps you on the edge of your seat while at the same time constantly requiring you to think about what you would do in the situation.

Gripping portrayal of how lonely it can be at the top...

Arbitrage even asks some unusually sophisticated questions about money and morality so even a truly interesting existential agenda can be found within the suspenseful plot leaving little to be desired.

His business problems were heroic and compelling.

In the most entertaining scene in the film Miller closes the deal, smiling through his anxiety, playing poker with the buyer.

All my life I've studied writing, editing, entertaining in creative forms as a matter of a love for it.

The storytelling is efficient, devoid of any unnecessary crafty convolutions, and yet totally gripping.

overall, worth watching

Both movies are entertaining (despite being extremely unlikely legal wise) isn't that what we want?

VERY entertaining!

Its really good but its a very gripping thriller, you are in for a ride kiddo!

Despite a somewhat cumbersome delivery of the story the conflicts of moral stances remains the most intriguing ingredient of the thriller.

No, Arbitrage is a dark and pessimistic yet gripping drama.

The plot thickens, with unexpected twists, and our interest continues as Miller must eventually make a decision in order to protect a certain party.

The film is fast and entertaining throughout.

The vortex of financial shenanigans worthy of a Madoff, complicated by an adulterous affair, a police investigation, and family duplicity are engrossing and pull viewers into a seemingly inescapable box.

Mundane rehash .

The veteran actor used all his qualities in this very gripping "Arbitrage", a drama about crazy and cynical calculations behind Wall Street intrigues.

Aside from Richard Gere's engrossing performance, the real strength of "Arbitrage" is the script's ability to maintain the audience's interest in such an unrelatable character.

a thrilling and suspenseful film .

Very entertaining legal financial thriller with Richard Gere perfect as an unscrupulous, ethically challenged multimillionaire who on the eve of his sixtieth birthday sees his position as a great businessman and philanthropist turn increasingly precarious.

Despite previous reviews of how "boring" it was.

With languid cinematography, and some domineering music from Cliff Martinez, it's a token "beige thriller": boring, stodgy, and utterly forgettable.

Film Composer Cliff Martinez once again drives another intense musical score; Martinez's "Drive" score is one of the best in the last ten years.

He has assembled a strong cast and has written such a fully realized egocentric character, one in which Gere can use all his charm and star power to create an even more compelling and somewhat likable cad.

One question that I ask myself is, could this movie have a duller ending?

Excellent suspenseful Thriller; a PERFECT role for Richard Gere.

Uneven, uneventful .

WHY wouldn't a billionaire have a trusted chauffeur drive him and his mistress rather than take a chance at falling asleep at the wheel; and HOW did he plan to explain his absence to his wife?

Richard Gere's absence on the Oscar nomination stage for the entirety of his career will hopefully be ended with this stunning character study.

Arbitrage is one of the rarest thrillers around today – a morality tale that propels its gripping story through poor character choices and the ensuing aftermath rather than left-field twists and pointless action.

Watching Miller's house of cards slowly crumble is both fascinating and nerve-racking.

This is pretty much unwatchable and a terrific waste of some very good talent.

While it starts slowly, the movie picks up pace and it does remain suspenseful until the end.

Overall, very entertaining and tense.

He speaks slowly and methodically, trying to get his client to slow down and use logic.

I felt the part of the plot to use Jimmy Parker to cover Miller's trail was cliché and frankly left me a little uncomfortable.

It's unnerving, but fascinating.

This is pro wall street propaganda, still entertaining .

Fast and entertaining legal and financial thriller .

Whatever you decide, get ready for a thrilling ride.

The story's sub-plot involving the character played superbly by Nate Parker was probably a second compelling reason and a welcomed one.

Falling asleep while driving is not a criminal offense.

About the script: Spoilers ahead *** Many comments mentioned the abruptness of the ending, after such a silky and flowing sequence of perfect scenes, well, after following the events that gave our main character a free pass to continue with the kind of life he so laboriously contrived, what do you think he was going to say as thank-you words?

An engaging experience about wanting to win constantly, craving for ever more without a second thought about who will be affected by such actions.

I found it gripping, engaging and thought provoking.

This mystery drama is one that will keep you on the edge of your sit from the get go till the very end.

He doesn't make the right choices throughout the movie but that's what keeps his character interesting and helps to let the movie move along, even during its slower moments.

Though it never covers particularly original ground, it takes tried and proved drama formula and applies it in a perfect fashion, creating an engrossing film with captivating characters and a storyline that is rarely boring.

Dull .

Production values are excellent for its relatively modest budget, and Arbitrage has the strength of its story to thank in being simple, yet engaging enough.

Engaging .

Just as he's about to unload his troubled empire, an unexpected bloody error forces him to juggle family, business, and crime with the aid of Jimmy Grant (Nate Parker), a face from Miller's past.

So the opposition business man is compelling to a point, though he never leaves his chair, and the cop (Tim Roth) is the kind of cop you expect and nothing more (though he's good at being that familiar stereotype).

"Arbitrage" is an intelligent, engaging thriller about the depths of bad decisions made from the arrogance of power.

Just as he's about to unload his troubled empire, an unexpected bloody error forces him to juggle family, business, and the police.

One can imagine George Clooney as Miller, though it's doubtful he would do a better job than Gere, whose portrayal of monumental stress is nuanced and compelling.

The somewhat predictable story offers certain twists are introduced by Jarecki to liven up proceedings, although simultaneously this does introduce too much distracting subplots.

A thrilling production following a not so uncommon tale of wide spread dissembling.

It was predictable.

The answer is rather simple: he feels empty, therefore wants more and is entitled (according to himself) to more.

The enjoyable thriller Arbitrage seems to promise a Margin-Call-like reminder of the dangerous Madoff-like gambling and ponziing in stock trading.

Arbitrage has a perfect – perfect – ending and is immediately preceded with two fascinating examinations of character in both Miller's wife and the buyer of his firm.

It is easy to fathom certain viewers being bored or put off by the deliberate pacing and stylistic choices Arbitrage makes, but that is no fault of this tense and involving film but rather of the spoiled, ADD generation that can't make it through 100 minutes of cinema without multiple shootouts, riveting as it all is.

If you think "Highly praised" aka "art" or "artistic" is "just wonderful", then waste your life watching movies like this one.

But no matter how visually efficient the film is, the pace is hampered and dreadfully slow, even at 100 minutes long.

His character is complex, makes horrible decisions and is a fascinating character to follow.

I left the theater asking myself, Is that it?

but, after the end, the good parts are too small for ignore the confusion of few scenes or the film as a lesson not really convincing.

A very enjoyable movie .

Intense Enjoyment .

Review: I found this movie to be quite slow and in some ways, quite boring.

It's difficult to feel anything other than contempt for our anti-hero; not because he does bad things, but because he's a tedious character from the outset.

Between Hollywood's propaganda and Chinese Export Subsidization that allows their children to get the opportunity to learn how to design high tech products while ours suffer dysfunctional university teachers, surf porn and waste their time defaming each other via 'social media' rather than learning science and mathematics.

I did, however, see that "the end" with Arbitrage justifies the means - disjointed, shallow, and hollow.

If you don't want a movie that is too heavy, but serious at the same time, Arbitrage is worth watching.

Arbitrage, from start to finish, is filled with an empty plot with familiar box office names and bits of good acting.

Directed by Nicholas Jarecki , also the screenplay writer, Arbitrage is superbly engaging thriller right from its opening scene till the end.

The movie is predictable and only interesting in brief spurts; basically, it's an unsympathetic and dull story.

It is very engaging and thrilling to watch.

It is a slow paced, well written and very well acted piece of cinema.

Great Acting around an Engaging Plot .

Although there could be some real drama in the story of a drowning man trying to keep himself afloat, Richard Gere is too bland an actor, and the film too overly sympathetic, to allow for much in the way of impact.

It is confusing to watch a so-called drama, thriller, or suspense only to never experience any of it.

It may be what many people hope - that everybody is good but deeply flawed (some more than others) - but unfortunately some people just use a facade of goodness to hide the empty and ugly truth of themselves, and no these people do not feel remorse or responsibility once they are by themselves.

This snoozer of a movie has so many ridiculous setups, how do I begin.

The crime aspect as well was contrived and unbelievable.

When it comes down to it the relationship and trust factor really works for this movie and the grey moral values makes this flick really engaging to watch.

So, considering all these aspects I've mentioned, and considering the story is completely entertaining, my vote is nine.

In fact, so understated is the drama in the middle portion of the movie, that the film is surprisingly dreary and monotone when the material sounds timely and potentially exciting.

In my opinion this movie was such a suspenseful movie.

He doesn't make the right choices throughout the movie but that's what keeps his character interesting and helps to let the movie move along, even during its slower moments.

Too boring.

Meanwhile Miller's mistress Juliet dies in a car accident he causes because he fell asleep behind the steering wheel.

Greed is Still Good and Always Entertaining .

The financial situations depicted in the film have been effectively shown in films, such as Margin Call, but instead ends up a bit confusing, and over-bloated.

In my opinion, it's a good ending, one that is not so simple, which might lead to a sequel, only if it retains the same level of quality, but not because it is a product of research or an unexpected box office bonanza.

Still, regardless of the"sexing-up" of what is probably the very mundane and arcane world of high finance and hedge funds, all the various strands were pulled together nicely, plus you can take your pick of which famous family dynasty from which the writers drew inspiration for the Miller family.

The director deserves an honorable mention for constructing a compelling depiction of Gere's struggles to deal with the imminent implosion of everything he holds dearly.

Arbitrage is a tight, suspenseful thriller based on a fleshed-out story full of turns and a great performance from Richard Gere, also delivering a surprisingly uncharitable view on the world of the rich and powerful.

Left feeling empty and confused .

just stay with it through the boring start.

The evil is banal.

The cop character was a bit of a cliché, although Roth did a fine job.

His exertions also offer a fascinating chronicle of how one man's reckless choices adversely affect those in proximity.

Which brings us to the central character in the absorbing new thriller, Arbitrage.

Very Pointless.

This Wall Street-based drama is either one of the most pointless or poorly-timed releases in recent memory.

An enjoyable thriller does throw in several ideas and unlike most features ends on a high, which helps to gloss over inconsistencies within, most pronouncedly the case of det.

The individual scene dialouge was predictable.

The message could be: money corrupts, but to have a movie bear such a cliché is insulting.

This sounds horrifying, but through Gere's brilliant performance it is all endlessly fascinating.

The film, like many made today, has a deliberately retro vibe, this time with a cinematic recreation of the slow burning adult thriller-dramas of the 1980s, films made at a time when studios and film makers had not taken to treating their audiences as idiots so completely as they have now, and a time when deliberate stylistic artifice was recognised as a valuable aid to storytelling rather than a hindrance to "realism".

His range of acting talent provides a thought provoking and engaging experience for the viewer.

If you want to waste your time with a movie that will leave you with nothing to take in or even think about - then go ahead.

I will not deposit too many plot points here, but I must say that newbie Writer- Director Nicholas Jarecki's compelling script and orchestration of the film was quite a deal for me.

An engaging 100 min thriller that is sure to entertain you with wonderful performances and some tense moments .

Nate Parker played Jimmy Grant, a simple black guy from Harlem whose family was beholden to Miller, who was cluelessly dragged by Miller into the whole sticky mess.

ArbitrageThis is an intriguing and intense thriller from start to finish!

I just now finished watching this very gripping and involving film, well acted and very well directed, highly polished and just about flawless from what I could see; and here I come to this page to read what people have written and I see comments like 'There's nothing good about this film' and everyone's favourite, 'Worst Movie Ever' and I'm like WTF!

It's also great to see Stuart Margolin, who was so entertaining as Angel in The Rockford Files back in the 70's.

Also, Tim Roth as the detective investigating the accident, he knows that Miller is involved but only needs the key to get him – his machinations, when they are revealed are a stunning surprise.

As we see Gere's Robert Miller deal with his unexpected problems with the law, we learn some interesting facts about his past.

It was boring.

Richard Gere in a good, suspenseful film .

Very entertaining and tense, I highly recommend this.

"Arbitrage" is a riveting thriller thanks to Nicholas Jarecki's smart script and taut direction as well as a terrific performance by Richard Gere.

Im sorry but too boring.

Before that, it was a bit too slow.

The start of the film is slow and too business orientated, I can understand why the director, Nicholas Jarecki, who also wrote the story, chose to show you this side as one of the main issues is the future of the company Robert Miller has built up from nothing.

Gere knows exactly what the role requires of him, and does it in such a fascinating and occasionally unpredictable way.

However, there are some serious problem with the story that constantly distracted me from engaging with the actors.

Overall , an engaging 100 min thriller that is sure to entertain you with wonderful performances and some tense moments.

The complexity of the characters on display in director Nicolas Jarecki's feature debut (and the fine actors who bring them to life) are fascinating to behold and deliciously infuriating in the way that the script forces you to rationalize on their behalf, even when they perpetrate some of the worst crimes imaginable.

The decay of Miller's family should have had a far greater emotional resonance instead of being this dull and uninvolved.

An unexpected event literally leaves blood on his hands, and a web of deception drops him further into an abyss.

The subplot of Miller's affair with young artist Julie (Laetetia Costa) is distractingly hackneyed except as a metaphoric reminder of how he plays on the edge of jeopardizing business and family.

Some aspects like the matter with the detective and his evidence may have been too convenient and contrived.

And there is more sophisticated financial expression than a thrilling crime story.

The problem here is the script, which is confusing and boring, and gives us no one to root for.

That's what I got from this movie, intense enjoyment.

A total waste of everyones time - the people who made and the people who watched it!

Totally understand the rationale of the approach, but I think that, as a result, the movie fell short of being compelling.

Reprising his role as Edward Lewis, a wealthy corporate raider from New York in the 1990 film Pretty Woman, Richard Gere is Robert Miller, the billionaire CEO of a hedge-fund in Nicholas Jarecki's entertaining suspense drama, Arbitrage.

Equally charming and intense, Richard Gere has never been better than he is here, partly due to how strong his character is.

Might be worth watching once.

Richard Gere shines in this otherwise quiet, gripping drama .

Despite occupying previously occupied territory, Arbitrage has you on the edge of your seat.

Intriguing, dynamic multi-faceted storyline with fantastic performances all around.

Despite that, the intrigue of the various conflicts - no, you won't get me to give any away, but some deal with the company and some with the family - was compelling stuff.

In fact this is one of the best business movies I seen, I enjoyed it more than "Margin Call" and probably liked it more than "Wall Street".

While Gere is great, Arbitrage suffers from being very uninteresting.

Equally convincing is Nate Parker as the humble young man from Harlem who finds that his life that seems to be heading in the right direction is now in danger of being completely shattered, after one entirely unexpected phone ring in the middle of the night calling on him to repay a favour.

This movie is gripping.

They could have really helped create a suspenseful dilemma.

While that tension is formulaic, writer/director Nicholas Jarecki does a couple of plot twists that are not predictable, therefore defending the film against derivative charges (pun intended).

Did the writer fall asleep or just forget to write the ending?