October 7, 2012
Comeuppance for the One Percent
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.
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