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The Double (2011)

Richard Gere , Topher Grace , Michael Brandt  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (719 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Martin Sheen, Stephen Moyer, Odette Yustman
  • Directors: Michael Brandt
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (719 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,188 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Double" on IMDb

Special Features

Producer interviews


Commentary with Michael Brandt (Director/Writer) and Derek Haas (Writer)

Editorial Reviews

The Double has plenty of action, switchbacks, and double-crossing drama to satisfy the most jaded action fan. Director Michael Brandt (making his directorial debut) cut his writing chops on such fast-paced fare as 2 Fast 2 Furious and the remake of 3:10 to Yuma, so he's right at home moving the plot along at a feverish clip. Richard Gere is enigmatic and just sympathetic enough as Paul Shepherdson, a retired CIA operative who's brought back into action after the assassination of a United States senator to help track down his long lost (and supposedly dead) Cold War nemesis. He's assigned by his boss, authoritatively played by Martin Sheen, to work with a rookie agent, Ben Geary (Topher Grace, who can hold his own against these film lions just fine, thank you). The Double has elements of the best buddy flicks, a little bit of the Bourne films, and more than a little homage played to The Usual Suspects. Stephen Moyer plays a very believable menace to the free world. But is he the dreaded Cassius? As the tension rises and the plot thickens, one wishes Gere had a bit of a harder edge--like, say, a mid-career Harrison Ford or Samuel L. Jackson. Yet in some ways the "soft" casting of Gere helps keep the plot aloft. The Double is a perfect popcorn spy caper that will have the viewer guessing until nearly the end of the film. But will that be too late? --A.T. Hurley

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When a United States Senator is brutally murdered, the evidence points to a Soviet assassin code-named Cassius, who was long-thought to be dead. Two men who know Cassius best are thrown together to catch him. Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere, An Officer and a Gentleman) is a retired CIA operative who spent his career tracking Cassius around the globe. Ben Geary (Topher Grace, Spider-Man 3) is a hotshot young FBI Agent and family man who has studied the killer's every move. Ben thinks he knows Cassius, but Paul knows he is dead wrong. Now, time is running out to stop this merciless killing machine before he finds his next target. Martin Sheen (The Departed), Odette Yustman (Cloverfield) and Stana Katic (Castle) costar in this tense thriller from the co-writers of Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma that will keep you guessing until the very last shot.

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123 of 131 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THEN THAT'S ALL YOU'LL EVER BE... January 14, 2012
Richard Gere, a retired CIA agent is called back from retirement to find a Soviet assassin believed to have been dead. A senator was murdered with the killer using the same MO as code name "Cassius" a former Russian agent assassin who was never caught. Gere is paired with Topher Grace, a young desk jockey from the FBI. Topher studied Cassius and wrote his thesis on him. He believes Cassius is alive and retired in the US and is the recent killer. Gere claims it is a copy cat killer and does not want to work with Topher.

There is an early plot twist, something we get enough hints to clue us in. Even though Topher lacks field experience he is fairly savvy. As they seek out Cassius, bodies start to accumulate. Martin Sheen plays the head of the CIA. While an early mystery is solved for us, there are others that exist. There are action scenes, killings, and drama. I felt the acting brought the film down. Gere was wrong for that role. I really would have liked a hipper Travolta. I did enjoy the soundtrack, which was a mild Russian pagan metal with a good drum beat. Makes for a decent spy drama rental. 3 1/2 stars. Gere fans can take it to 4 stars as he looks like he has stayed in pretty good shape for a man his age.

No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Mild swearing.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, But Far-Fetched January 20, 2012
THE DOUBLE is an entertaining, at times far-fetched, espionage thriller in which retired CIA operative Richard Gere joins forces with rookie FBI agent Topher Grace to catch "Cassius," a Cold War-era Soviet assassin who has resurfaced and is now killing more people, including a U.S. Senator.

That's all I'm going to tell you about the plot of THE DOUBLE, because if I reveal more, I will be a Spoiler. There are a couple of surprising plot twists in this film, one of which even surprised me. That's not an easy thing to do.

On the other hand, that final twist is where the believability factor comes into play, but I won't say more.

The cast, which includes Stephen Moyer, and Martin Sheen, is very good and director Michael Brandt, who wrote the screenplay with Derek Haas, keeps the film, apparently shot in Washington, D.C., moving along at a nice pace.

Extras on the DVD from Image Entertainment include producer's interviews, plus audio commentary by Brandt and Haas.

© Michael B. Druxman
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Double January 31, 2012
[[VIDEOID:mo1LW6R6Y5DRZLL]]Richard Gere is certainly one of the good old time movie stars that we still have around. His career has had ups and downs, and I don't know how he will be judged in cinema's history. But he has a charisma that is difficult to ignore, and you wish he could reach greater heights. This is what I felt when I watched "The Double," an electrifying and intriguing film that will keep you glued to your seat until the very end.

The film opens with the assassination of US Senator Dennis Darden (Ed Kelly), who we briefly see earlier on TV arguing with another senator about Russia's resurgence. We then meet Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere), a retired CIA agent who is an expert on an extremely dangerous Russian spy by the codename of Cassius, who is suspected to be the senator's assassin. Shepherdson is informed by Tom Highland (Martin Sheen) that he will be partnered with Ben Geary (Topher Grace), who happens to be an FBI expert on Cassius, too. Shepherdson objects this decision, because Geary's experience on Cassius is only on paper, and he doesn't have the instinct to read or understand the soviet assassin. After a while, as you probably guessed, they get to work together. But that is when the story takes a quick turn, and we very early get to know who the real Cassius is, which entirely changes the dynamic of the film, making us guess until the film's final frame.

I have always enjoyed great, non-formulaic, intelligent spy movies, and "The Double" is one of them. It truly gives you food for thought in regards to the people around us. The DVD has an audio commentary by writer-director Michael Brandt and writer-producer Derek Haas, and more. (USA, 2011, color, 98 min plus additional material).

Reviewed on January 30, 2012 exclusively by Eric Gonzalez for Image Entertainment Blu-ray.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than Expected! February 10, 2012
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This turned out to have a very nice twist to it. Some of the scenes were a little too obvious, but over all a very good movie.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasing thriller... February 1, 2012
Evidently at least one reviewer did not like the movie as well as I did. This is an entertaining movie, with an interesting plot, well filmed and well acted - I might add - by both Topher Grace and Richard Gere. While there are points that stretch credibility, this had less to do with the story, and more to do with some lapses in terms of the main characters appearance who seemed to remain a remarkably consistent age and appearance through various flashbacks in which he was supposed to be younger - anyway.

But my complaints are minor and I was not the least bit cheated for my entertainment dollar. This would make a great Sunday afternoon movie for a wet spring day, with a few cups of hot soup, some coffee and friends over to watch it with. Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Double- Was An Edge of Your Seat Very Good Movie February 12, 2012
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The double was extremely good. Again, I read the reviews and many rated this movie between 2 to 4 stars. The movie kept you on the edge of your seat and kept me awake. I feel as though this movie is worth watching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns ...
I expected a certain kind of suspense film, but this flick delivered more than I even hoped for. Lots of action, but it still had a very good story line.
Published 14 hours ago by R.P.
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT
Published 2 days ago by Daphnne
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Watch
It was a good movie.. nothing out of the ordinary, but certainly worth the watch. Richard Gere is always good.
Published 2 days ago by Marilyn T. Light
3.0 out of 5 stars The Double - worth seeing but not a great movie
Not a bad flick, pretty so so spy movie but has some surprising twists at the end (don't they all!) For Richard Gere, it pales in comparison to his many great roles. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Danny G
2.0 out of 5 stars Action - Not really...
Formulaic "Action". The title is a giveaway and there is a boring twist too far in the end. Gere is too boring for action, Topher is too non-action. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Michelle K. Kasper
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie with great twist!
A bit violent, but good movie. Lots of unexpected twists just when you think you have it figured out. Good acting and settings.
Published 3 days ago by N. Groch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending
I love movies that end good! My husband and son loved it too! Recommend it to anyone who loves Richard Gere!
Published 3 days ago by diann
3.0 out of 5 stars The Double
A little slow in some spots. Somewhat of an unusal ending. Richard Gere does a great job as usual with his acting skills.
Published 3 days ago by D. South
4.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense and surprise ending
Good acting by Richard Gere and cast. Plot thickens and then surprises you at the ending. I enjoyed this story.
Published 4 days ago by Gary J. Olson
3.0 out of 5 stars Super slow starting with popcorny end
The movie is super slow to get started. It's so boring. The last third gets "entertaining" if you can avoid thinking too much about the plot. Read more
Published 4 days ago by TheBashar
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