Arbitrage review

Richard Gere has a margin call to make...

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Richard Gere has a margin call to make in this melodrama about a Wall Street hedge-funder trying to offload his debt-ridden house of cards before the buyer realises the sums don’t add up.

It’s perhaps not the best time to be embroiled in a mistress-related scandal, something that has a suspicious cop (Tim Roth) nipping at his Guccis and his wife (Susan Sarandon) and daughter (Brit Marling) smelling a love rat.

Gere’s charm offsets his character’s amorality in what’s both slick entertainment and cautionary fable. Yet as much as Nicholas Jarecki’s debut feature simmers, it never quite boils.

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Neil Smith is a freelance film critic who has written for several publications, including Total Film. His bylines can be found at the BBC, Film 4 Independent, Uncut Magazine, SFX Magazine, Heat Magazine, Popcorn, and more.