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‘Arbitrage’ should put Richard Gere back on the movie star map

Jarecki gives us a fascinating look into the mind of a financially and morally bankrupt individual.

Jarecki fashions a wonderful Shakespearean character with Miller. He keeps up the façade of a sparkling billionaire, but behind those eyes we see raw fear and a conscience devouring itself.

Gere is wonderfully contrasted by the gutsy and grimy performance by Tim Roth as Detective Bryer. Roth is coarse as he cuts through all the seedy economic and legal details, desperately trying to stick evidence to the sly and slithering Miller. Though he is a pretty rotten person and quite conscious his actions are destroying everyone around him, it’s hard to not have a modicum of empathy for Miller. On top of all that, Miller must hide his fraudulent business dealings from his heir-apparent daughter Brooke (Brit Marling) and try to negotiate his buyer into purchasing his failed company.

Gere delivers his best performance to date as Robert Miller, a hedge fund magnate secretly on the brink of bankruptcy. Miller is then caught in a series of escalating nightmares, from an affair gone wrong to the looming merger deadline to becoming the target in a police investigation.

Director Nicholas Jarecki’s first feature shows that he is a master juggler, keeping many equally intriguing threads of the story in the air without ever letting them fall. She expertly turns a seemingly non-existent role from the first half of the film into a heavy-hitting, blood-boiling performance by film’s end.

Richard Gere cooks the books in “Arbitrage,” an elegantly crafted potboiler that fires on all cylinders, giving the “Officer and a Gentlemen” star his juiciest role yet.

“Arbitrage” opens in theaters and is also available on-demand on September 14.

“Arbitrage” is a resurrection of sorts for Gere. With a sale pending, his associate demands his money back, against Miller’s protests. He is a perfect fit for Robert Miller, just as “Arbitrage” is a perfect fit for the star.

. No matter which road he takes, Miller is on his way to a very bad place. That’s both a testament to Gere’s performance as much as Jarecki’s screenplay.

Gere is superb at portraying the sliding scale of success. Susan Sarandon gives a noteworthy performance as Miller’s wife. We witness him consciously make terrible choice after terrible choice, like a tragic hero. Miller’s scheme is mere inches from success when he accidentally kills his mistress (Laetitia Casta) in a car accident, bringing forth questions from the police and his wife (Susan Sarandon).  He works hard to avoid NYPD Det. In a shady move to make his company look profitable and enticing to potential buyers, Miller borrows half a billion dollars from an associate (played by director William Friedkin) to temporarily store in his accounts. Bryer’s (Tim Roth) scrutiny while working the legal system to get his patsy (Nate Parker) off an accomplice charge. When things are going strong for Miller, Gere gives us a raucous, pompous performance of a man deifying himself. Gere really shines, though, as Miller comes close to losing everything

Richard Gere Interview on 9/11, New Movie ‘Arbitrage’ Video

And everyone was okay. I’ve had close friends come up to me who were really angry with me because they were rooting for the guy. The cell wasn’t working. You knew nothing? I knew nothing until I got there because I had the radio off. The unhappiness. You play a wall street titan, a benevolent billionaire on the outside. And it was such a beautiful day. Thank you for sharing that. Our actions, our thoughts, our morality, resonates through every part of our lives. This is something ripped out of the headlines. Richard, thank you very much.

Transcript for Richard Gere on 9/11, New Movie ‘Arbitrage’

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.. How do you think I’ve tolerated all this? Tolerated? What about me? What about the complaining. Everything. She says one of the things you pull off here in the character, is everyone is watching this thing, knowing at some level, your character’s a very bad guy. I left early in the morning. I didn’t even want the radio on. And I come into this retreat that’s on a lake. This guy makes very bad decisions. The shopping. I do want to move on to your movie. And in business we can be this, at home we can be this. He’s not quite a billionaire. You know, at the peak of your power right now. It doesn’t work that way. Test Text1 plain On this 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we pause, now, to remember that moment, when the first plane hit the world trade center. How does it feel to get the lifetime achievement awards? It’s a little premature. You know, she’s gotten very comfortable with the lifestyle. But make the same kind of moral bad decisions. From the cops. The trainers. That’s what everybody was doing that day. Like san sebastian, the whole town, the whole region comes out. They’re all connected. You remember, it was the most beautiful day. The festivals that I’ve been to. And we remember the victims of those attacks, 11 years ago today. “Arbitrage” comes out friday. Talking to my producer, kate, about this early this morning. It’s very generous and very loving. And everyone is stunned. One of them is your wife. I don’t know what’s going on. Susan sarandon. You have to be of a certain age and they start giving you this stuff. Take sure your family is okay. I was driving up to massachusetts. Just like today. That moment seems so fresh. The wonderful, charities. The drinking. But you’re also rooting for him. One thing about this movie, but people think — you and I and probably the 400 people who are here, we think we can compartmentalize our morality. Yeah. The movie’s going to be a big hit. One of the things you get into, are the masters of the universe, also try to create their own moral universe. The phone wasn’t working. I forgot this was the 11th until this morning. And our other relationships. It is getting such great reviews all across the country. I was making too good of a case. Let’s show a little of that. If you look at her actions and where she’s coming from. I finally got through to the family. I couldn’t call back home. I don’t know if he’s a billionaire, by the way. So, three hours later, I’m up there. Absolutely. It was such a beautiful day. We had to pull some out. By the time, the movie was released, it had gone past bernie madoff, who was obviously a very sick man. But these are the dinosaur awards. Although, as you say, no. I think europeans are — the whole town comes out. It’s just filled with love and affection. They’re more normal people, certainly living at a different stratosphere. And now, we’re seeing all these bankers and fund managers, who are more like us. It recalls the bernie madoff scandal. Were you in washington then? I was here. Also getting honored, I saw at the zurich film festival. How do you think I pay for them? She wanted to cut that scene because I listed 50 things. They started to tell me what was going on. But it’s very nice. I was here in new york. But on the inside, your world seems to be crashing in on you. I was on my way to a retreat up in massachusetts. Mid life. Yes, the charities. It’s hard not to get caught up in that, richard. You know, when we made the movie, bernie madoff was kind of the archetype of everybody’s idea of corruption, and money, funds, greed, and all that. Especially the european ones. If you really look at the film, there’s nobody in this film that doesn’t make some bad decisions. ? The land of the free and the home of the brave ? a bell tolls. And we’re back, now, in the studio, with our next guest, richard gere. I left like 7:00 in the morning. He’s wealthy, yeah. The movie is not easy