Director: Nicholas Jarecki. Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth, Laetitia Casta. 107 min. Rated R. Drama.
Wall Street tycoon juggles his business, his family, a charity foundation, a mistress, a dead body, and a collapsing merger, all at the same time. So there’s great story potential here, but it’s the casting department where Arbitrage falls short. The daughter shows anti-matter acting skills, Sarandon is a fifth-wheeler, and Gere … I don’t know. Probably a dream role for any actor, but I couldn’t imagine Gere being such a slick persona, and his excited outbursts at times of crisis didn’t help (remember how cool Don Corleone was?). For such a role, Alec Baldwin might have been my pick.