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“You think money’ll fix it?” asks fall guy Jimmy Grant of his benefactor-cum-bully Robert Miller. “What else is there?” shrugs Miller, neatly summarising the moral core of this riveting thriller.
An investment guru awash with guilty secrets, Miller (Gere) is the embodiment of beguiling venality. He’s fighting to sell his tottering company while also avoiding a murder rap, and his wife (a diamond-hard Sarandon) and daughter (Brit Marling) exhibit the same expedient duplicity. Jimmy (Parker), however, unwittingly holds the key to Miller’s fate, and as Miller is pursued by the politically motivated Detective Bryer (Roth, suitably sleazy), his façade of indignant innocence is sorely tested.
Jarecki’s debut feature is directed with great assurance and no slack, and basks in Yorick Le Saux’s (I AM LOVE) nouveau noir cinematography. But it’s really Gere’s film: he’s terrific.