Arbitrage – review

Report Tick Boxes

A swaggering master of the universe has been cooking the books at his hedge fund, while playing away from home with a dangerous dame.

A fatal car crash looks set to lay him low, but he'll stop at nothing to dodge his comeuppance. You've seen it all before, but lead Richard Gere drenches the proceedings in the old razzle-dazzle. At 64, he's as charismatic as ever, willing the audience into hoping he'll get away with his misdeeds. Indeed, he uses his age (he's playing 60) to up the stakes: if this glittering but grizzled titan goes under, there'll be no time left for a comeback. Susan Sarandon provides nuanced support as his wronged but morally conflicted wife. Meanwhile, Tim Roth contributes a cheeringly hammy turn as a grungy New York detective prepared, wouldn't you know it, to break the rules to bring down an untouchable fat cat. An old-fashioned treat.

Powered by article was written by David Cox, for The Guardian on Thursday 28th February 2013 22.30 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010