Richard Gere has been around now for forty years, aging from a sexy young leading man into a sexy senior-citizen leading man, working almost constantly and rarely missing a beat. His performances are usually fine, even if some of the films he stars in are not. A few years back he made quite a stir in the movie Arbitrage, one of the early and quite successful ventures into simultaneous theatrical and VOD release that garnered critical acclaim, good box-office and even some awards. For anyone expecting something as exceptional as Arbitrage from Gere's newest film, THE BENEFACTOR, disappointment awaits.
Dakota Fanning, above, looking lovely and somewhat lost in this bizarre mess of a movie. The role of her affianced is essayed by up-and-comer Theo James, below, who looks mildly annoyed through much of the film, and who can blame him?
Samuel Goldwyn Films and running 90 minutes, The Benefactor opens this Friday, January 15, in theaters and On-Demand. Consult your local theater listing and/or cable provider for specifics.