Wall Street hits top Gere
SELF- STYLED ‘‘ wizard of Wall Street’’ Robert Miller ( Richard Gere) is such a 24/ 7 cash magnet he can barely discern day from night. The planet on which Miller lives is spinning like a top. Or so it seems. You see, Robert Miller is one of a long line of tycoons always careful to keep their PR returns in the black. Even when their balance sheets are in the red. Sometimes, the mere image of success is enough to keep the creditors at bay.
As Arbitrage begins, Miller is secretly going through a decidedly rough phase of trading. There is a $ 400 million hole in his books that currently only he can see.
His company’s investors are none the wiser, but a surprise visit from the auditors might soon change that. A deal is under way where Miller can not only cover the debt, but somewhat miraculously, also walk away with a handsome profit.
All Miller needs to do is keep his nerve, and merely keep up appearances.
Oh, wait a minute. Did I mention Miller might also be implicated in the mysterious death of a local artist? There might be nothing to it. After all, repeated visits from a very agitated detective do not seem to be ruffling the feathers much.
A ripping tale of high finance and low ethics, Arbitrage keeps its stocks continually on the rise due to a genuinely brilliant lead performance from the much- maligned Gere.
The shifty, shapeless morality of his character becomes an ominous force unto itself as the film wears on, as we wait to see what he will get away with, and wonder how he can live with himself as he does so.