Arbitrage (2012) - Drama, Thriller

Hohum Score

65

Boring

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 156 found boring (21.15%)

One-line Reviews (156)

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.

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

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

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

Fast and entertaining legal and financial thriller .

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Overall, very entertaining and tense.

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

Great Acting around an Engaging Plot .

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

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.

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

It was boring.

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

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

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.

The evil is banal.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

They could have really helped create a suspenseful dilemma.

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

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

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

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!

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

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.

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?

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

Before that, it was a bit too slow.

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

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

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.

Engaging .

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.

overall, worth watching

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

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.

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).

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

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

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

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

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.

Intense Enjoyment .

Might be worth watching once.

I found it gripping, engaging and thought provoking.

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

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?

The crime aspect as well was contrived and unbelievable.

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

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.

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.

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

Uneven, uneventful .

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

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.

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.

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".

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

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.

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

Very Pointless.

The individual scene dialouge was predictable.

This movie is gripping.

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.

This is pro wall street propaganda, still entertaining .

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

Distinctly and precisely directed by American filmmaker Nicholas Jarecki, this finely tuned fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the protagonist's point of view, draws a riveting portrayal of an American man who shortly after having turned 60-years-old gets himself into a situation which jeopardizes his relationship with his wife, their daughter named Brooke and the future of his company.

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

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

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

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".

Left feeling empty and confused .

a thrilling and suspenseful film .

VERY entertaining!

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

Dull .

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

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

Too boring.

Despite previous reviews of how "boring" it was.

It is very engaging and thrilling to watch.

Falling asleep while driving is not a criminal offense.

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).

It was predictable.

Richard Gere shines in this otherwise quiet, gripping drama .

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.

just stay with it through the boring start.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Whatever you decide, get ready for a thrilling ride.

It's unnerving, but fascinating.

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Gere in a good, suspenseful film .

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.

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.

His business problems were heroic and compelling.

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.

Mundane rehash .

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Excellent suspenseful Thriller; a PERFECT role for Richard Gere.

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

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 left the theater asking myself, Is that it?

Greed is Still Good and Always Entertaining .

Very entertaining and tense, I highly recommend this.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

The film is fast and entertaining throughout.

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