After a few years languishing in direct-to-video projects, Richard Gere comes roaring back with one of his finest performances in director Nicholas Jarecki's feature debut, “Arbitrage.” Gere brings surety and a sleazy undercurrent to his superb turn as Robert Miller, a billionaire hedge fund manager whose hubris in both his business and personal lives comes back to bite him.
In a profession filled with sharks, Robert is a great white. Having built his fund into a powerhouse family business and installed his daughter Brooke (Brit Marling) as his chief financial officer, Robert is now 60 and looking to cash in his chips. Robert plans to sell the fund to James Mayfield, a buyer who appears to be stalling the deal. Played convincingly by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, Mayfield sends lackeys to scheduled meetings with Robert and requests independent audits of the fund. He has reason to sit on the fence: Robert padded out the fund's value with an under-the-table loan, and when the benefactor unexpectedly pulls his funding, Robert cooks the books without Brooke's knowledge.
His cavalier attitude extends to his personal life, as well. His wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) looks the other way while Robert sneaks out to see art dealer Julie Cote (former Victoria's Secret model Laetitia Casta). Then, a fateful assignation with Julie threatens to unravel Robert's carefully constructed web of lies, and as a police detective (Tim Roth) begins to look closely at who Robert Miller really is, several people in the billionaire's circle of trust could fall.