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Robert Miller, played by Richard Gere, is an ageing millionaire who seems to have it all in life. He is the boss of a successful financial company, has a loving wife and a daughter who is his company's current Chief Financial Officer. He aims to sell his company so that he can enjoy the senior years of his life and he also has a mistress on the side.

Since he is a very busy man, it is not difficult to realise that everything that he had worked so hard for would come crumbling down eventually. He attempts to sell of his company as a way to get out of the financial business, since there have been obvious financial issues for the company. Having a mistress seems to be more of a mistake then a luxury, since she also brings her fair share of problems for him. All of his issues attract the attention of a local detective, played by Tim Roth, who just wants to finally arrest one of the many rich men who believe that they are above the law.

The film makes you think that something interesting or unique would come about, but it is a simple tale of a rich man who is doing whatever it takes to come out of the hole, which he dug for himself.

The acting is perfect, but the character of Miller, who one would assume to be that of a villain, does not seem to get the opportunity to display how evil he could truly be.

Richard Gere is way too charming in this film and he should have tried to be a little more sinister with the character of Miller.

This is a film which shows viewers how rich men get away with the negative things that they do in society - but the topics in the film seem to be cliché though. It is a very entertaining movie, but nothing more.

3 out of 5 stars from me.
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