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by Tony Medley
OK for children.
returns to the screen a few years after the release of The Double,
which is probably the worst film with which he has ever been
associated. Here he picked wisely because this is an interesting tale of
wrongdoing on Wall Street very loosely influenced by Bernie Madoff.
directed by 25 year-old rookie Nicholas Jarecki, it's not surprising
that the verisimilitude is sorely lacking as to the financial
machinations in which Gere becomes involved. But this isn't really a
story of Wall Street, it's a character study, intended to show that big
financiers are morally corrupt. While that is a dubious premise, it
probably has more truth in it than many would like to admit (in addition
to Madoff, and just as one example of many, Richard Grasso, the head of
the New York Stock Exchange, became notorious when it was revealed that
he had received a "golden parachute" pay package worth almost $140
million due to the largesse of the hand-picked compensation committee
consisting mainly of representatives from NYSE-listed companies over
which Grasso had regulatory authority as head of the Exchange). Jarecki
backed this up by casting Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, as
James Mayfield, the industrialist who is trying to buy Gere's company.
Carter is a journalist who has never been accused of being fair and
balanced, although to give him credit he doesn't try to hide his bias
when one reads his editorials. He does give a good performance.
Gere gives a
performance consistent with those considered the best of his career,
like the one he gave in Unfaithful (2002). Also sparkling are
Brit Marling as his daughter who has been bamboozled by his financial
tricks, Tim Roth as the detective hot on Richard's tail, Laetitia Casta
as Richard's mistress, and Jimmy Grant as the only person to whom
Richard feels he can turn when something really terrible happens.
with an acute perception of pace, which makes this film, which is mostly