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Caryn James

Richard Gere, Slyer Than Ever in 'Arbitrage'

  • By Caryn James
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  • September 13, 2012 9:00 AM
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Supremely realistic though Arbitrage is meant to be, there is a magical twist in Richard Gere’s performance as Robert Miller, a hedge fund manager trying to save his company and his personal life. Gere evokes such sympathy that you’re likely to root for him even though he is cheating his business partners, cheating on his wife, and before long trying to cover up his complicity in an even higher-stakes crime. A less intelligent screenplay and performance would have given us a demonized tycoon - Bernie Madoff as Satan -- who gets the comeuppance he deserves. Arbitrage is far more satisfying, because it creates a fully-realized character who knows his behavior is wrong, believes he’s justified anyway, and is hugely entertaining to watch as he tries to get away with it all.

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