Written July 31, 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 October 01, 2012
Good first half, regular development of events on the second half and awful end. The end could have been taken from a 50's French thriller, made by an amateur. I am aware this is the first film by Jarecki, but he probably missed some classes at the academy...
Good acting by RIchard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth.
Written September 30, 2012
best movie i've seen in a long time. richard gere is among the most talented actors in hollywood, and this is surely his best performance ever.
Written August 31, 2014
1. You do not go across the Triboro to get to Manhattan from a private plane. They land in Westchester.
2. You cannot get to a car crash site upstate by taking I-95. It goes to Connecticut. Also I-95 has a toll in New York State.
3. An arbitrage firm is a broker-dealer. It could not hide trading positions for as long as portrayed in the movie. A week tops. Maybe two weeks with extensive collusion. Certainly cannot hide using profits from other divisions. Firm needed to be an investment adviser to have his scheme make sense. (e.g. Bernie Madoff)
This spoiled it for me. Stupid, stupid movie. Richard Gere was, for the first time, awful.
Susan Sarandon was great but in a terrible movie.
Written August 29, 2014
I've been a Richard Gere fan forever, and I was not disappointed with his performance. The ending was a little funky, but it was terrific.