Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is a man with the perfect life; he has a beautiful wife (Susan Sarandon), a loving family and a lucrative company that he is on the verge of selling for a large amount of money. His aim is to retire happily. However, as is usually the case in these situations, all is not as it seems; Miller has a young French artist as a mistress, and his company is barely (and illegally) being kept afloat. But one fatal car accident later and Miller finds himself hiding the fact he was ever in the vehicle, fearing it will ruin his upcoming business deal. Enter Detective Bryer (Tim Roth), the only man convinced of Miller's guilt, determined that justice will triumph, and by any means necessary.
Even though Miller is very much a guilty man, there is a guilty pleasure in initially watching his world unravel, and then an even guiltier one as you actually long for him to get away with it, and that is solely down to Richard Gere's fantastic performance. The plot doesn't take too long slotting all of the pieces into place, and once they do you can certainly feel the panic-y vibe as Miller tries to cover all of his bases, but unfortunately, this pace can't be maintained. Before long, it's just Gere running from one luxurious building to the next, trying to keep all of his plates spinning. Interest quickly wanes as we all just wait impatiently for the conclusion to arrive.
Along with Gere, we get some good-but-not-great performances from Sarandon as his put-upon wife, Roth as a mix of his Reservoir Dogs and Lie To Me characters, and Brit Marling as Miller's too smart for own good daughter. But this is The Richard Gere Show, a reminder of just how great an actor he can be, even when the movie he's in doesn't fully deserve the performance he's giving.
Review by Rory Cashin | 09:26 | Friday 22nd February 2013 | Movie Review
I really enjoyed this film. Thought Richard Gere played a great part in. Would really recommend for people to go see thisPosted 16:39 | Wed 27th Feb 2013
Excellent film this with an engrossing plot reminiscent of the book Bonfire of the Vanities (give the Bruce Willis/Tom Hanks film version a wide berth). Richard Gere has really matured into a fine actor and carries off this role with aplomb. His character really is the guy who has it all but still wants more. Like a Greek tragedy it leads him to face the Gods. My only cynical complaint is his daughter is so morally outraged when she finds daddy cooks the books. Looking at recent scandals closer to home we see the progeny of our business men (or gombeen men?) brazenly defend their father's dubious actions in the media.Posted 18:49 | Mon 4th Mar 2013
Any character that plays someone from the financial community is just going to be the most hated person on the screen these days, so I was surprised that I found myself hoping that things would work out for Richard Gere in this film. I think he manages to overcome people's build in aggression towards his character, even though there is nothing that should endear him to anyone. I enjoyed the film and it is a good story with a couple of twists to help keeping it rolling along.Posted 18:28 | Fri 8th Mar 2013
SuperPosted 20:21 | Sun 10th Mar 2013
Very entertaining. Enjoyed the parallel plot-lines, and watching Gere suffer, all the while trying to hold it together as the timeline runs its complex course. And the ending wasn't a total cop-out.Posted 23:15 | Mon 11th Mar 2013
He looks even more now like a staffordshire bull terrierPosted 12:37 | Fri 15th Mar 2013
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