Many big-budget movies are actually radio serials with special effects. Many dramas are just theatrical productions that have leaked off the stage. And then there are real films of which this is one. Mood and meaning are created by the visuals and cinematic language, not just the music.
Graphic violence, gore, and wholesale shoot-’em-up slaughter. In the weak of heart or the strong of mind this might instill . . . well, dread — especially accompanied by catchphrase statements like “I am the law!” and “Judgment time!” — but the film is surprisingly inventive and at times visually striking.
In Arbitrage, Richard Gere plays Robert Miller, a New York hedge-fund magnate with the world at his feet — money, power, mansion, a loving, supportive wife (Susan Sarandon), a beautiful, young mistress (Laetitia Casta), and a devoted daughter (Brit Marling) who works loyally by his side.