It's an unseemly request by a movie, to ask us to root for the lying, scrambling but extremely well-coiffed hedge fund billionaire weasel played by
The website Investopedia defines "arbitrage" this way: "The simultaneous purchase and sale of an asset in order to profit from a difference in the price. It is a trade that profits by exploiting price differences of identical or similar financial instruments, on different markets or in different forms."
Did you know that's what "arbitrage" meant? I did not. And yet I enjoyed it, even as I hustled here and there to keep up with its
Gere is the centerpiece in "Arbitrage," and his preoccupied, distracted air as an actor (which can lead to pure laziness when he's not engaged by the material) works extremely well in the role of the
A lot: "Arbitrage" kills off one character, necessitating a coverup. This brings into the story a police detective played, or rather, sneered, by
Gere delivers one of his most quick-witted performances; if it were any less astute, in fact, you'd be rooting for his character's violent comeuppance 30 seconds into the picture.
"Arbitrage" Movie Trailer
MPAA rating: R (for language, brief violent images and drug use).
Running time: 1:40.
Credits: Written and directed by
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