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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.
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
|Length: 2:25 Mins|
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.
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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Always like Gere...though he's done better. Good tension between stars/characters. Some nice twists. Second time viewing since had forgotten full plot line. No regrets. Read morePublished 6 days ago by J. Korsen
This came to my house and just opened it today. It has a big crack in the DVD. We were all set to watch it. Very disappointed!!! How do I return it?Published 1 month ago by Evans