Written October 08, 2012
A smooth Richard Gere, totally controlling and power crazy, rules his empire and all the people surrounding him as if he is playing a game of high stakes chess. He gets hassled enough - but every time he has another problem to solve, like possibly going to jail, he gets stronger and more capable of solving whatever the feature film debut director, Nicholas Jarecki's script, throws his way. And there is plenty of stuff to keep you totally intrigued.
The movie goes fast. Before you know it, it is over! Brilliant cast and all so beautiful, the people, the places and the shots of NY. Makes you feel close up and personal - like you are in their world.
Written September 26, 2012
The movie begins with the financial intrigue that the title and poster image leads one to expect, but this well crafted multi-layered plot soon takes a sudden turn and thickens into something darker. Well cast and acted by all. Memorible, and all my monies worth!
Written August 30, 2014
It was a good movie and had some good twists. My wife wanted to see it, so I did. Richard Geere as usual pulled it off and did a good job. I'd give it a 7 out of 10...not God Father or Star Wars...but a solid movie.
Written December 26, 2014
This is a thriller, a crime drama, and a darn engaging one at that, but mainly it's exploratory surgery into the corpus of new-billionaire New York, and it finds some nasty stuff in there. Richard Gere is self-styled patriarch of a beautiful family and head of his own hedge fund, which at times is little separated from his flesh and blood. In an Oscar-level performance, he portrays a financial star who smudges the lines between winning business moves and fraud, family man and adulterer, philanthropist and exploiter. Directed tautly by 33-year-old documentarian Nicholas Jarecki in his first feature (he also wrote the script), the film is full of passionate, persuasive performances from Susan Sarandon (elegant Park Avenue doyenne, the best wife money can buy), Brit Marling (their perfect, blonde, 24-year-old daughter and the fund's CFO), Tim Roth's dogged detective, and many others. The film does wealthy New York convincingly, right down to the power dinner at the Four Seasons.
Written July 25, 2014
What can I say? I like Richard Gere. He's the man. And with all pistons fired he is phenomenal on screen.
This movie was a well crafted story. Definite proof that we don't need to blow up half a planet to keep your audience's interest. From opening to closing you get the clear feeling that something is going to go very wrong here. The thriller element is clearly there. The characters smart, and the decisions made along the way a perfect balance between surprise and predictability. Even you plot geniuses out there can feel smart following along.
I particularly loved the ending. It went somewhere I didn't expect it to go. The definition of the true monetary American hero.
By the way, what is an Applebee's?... Classic.