Richard Gere gives one of the best performances of his career in writer-director Nicholas Jarecki’s 2012 white-collar thriller Arbitrage, playing a venture capitalist named Rober Miller who worries that his financial and romantic indiscretions will come to light after he has an embarrassing car accident in the middle of closing a legacy-securing business deal. Gere has a handle on Miller’s sense of shame—as he worries what his wife (played Susan Sarandon) and daughter/protégée (Brit Marling) will think when they learn his big secrets—but he also carries the arrogance of a man used to impressing people enough in one-on-one negotiations that they don’t notice how much he’s faking. Jarecki takes too strong of an advocacy role with this material, writing nearly every character and line of dialogue to advance his argument against the kind of entitled fatcats who keep wrecking the economy every decade or so. But Gere pushes back a bit, making Miller almost sympathetic as he reduces every daily interaction into a deal—with clear winners and losers. He almost single-handedly makes the film more complex. Arbitrage airs on Epix2 tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern.
January 20, 2015 Cable Pick Of The Day