The Double
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2012
Spy vs. Spy thriller about Russian spies and assassins infiltrating the US. If there were not enough crime elements to worry about for the average American (street gangs, Mexican drug cartels, inner-city crime wave, serial murderers, the Mafia, deranged mass killers), now we have to worry about Russian Assassins!

The assassin in particular is a ghostly guy formerly working for the KGB, code-named Cassius. Cassius put together a team of Russian assassins and controlled them from afar, back in the day (the Cold War). Then he dissapeared for 20 years. Richard Gere plays retired CIA operative Paul Shepherdson, who looked for Cassius and tried to kill his team of assassins in the '80s, and is now called out of retirement. Topher Grace plays Ben Geary, a young nerdy FBI agaent with a wife and young family, who teams up with Gere to solve a Cassius-like murder of a US Senator. Has the fiend Cassius resurfaced in the US? You see, Cassius has a nearly invincible knack to kill people with his "wire around the neck" technique: very gruesome. So when the Senator gets knocked off in similar manner, the CIA gives Topher and Gere the task of tracking Cassius down. Then the dynamic duo get to bang heads with one Russian thug after another.

The plot proceeds in a reasonable manner, until there are lots of twists, a sudden escalation of violence, and you don't know who is the good guy and who is the bad guy (hence the title). There's a big twist at the movie's end (I won't tell it to you).

Does this film, plot, premise and actors work for me? Meh .... The premise of tons of scary Russian assassins infiltrating the US seems to me to be pushing credulity. The premise of Cassius' invincibility and his method of killing also leaves me skeptical. But OK, even if I accept the premise, then I have some difficulty with fully accepting the turns & twists of the plot, especially Gere's character. It's not that it's a bad plot, it just doesn't totally ring true for me. Finally, I like Gere as an actor usually, but I just don't quite feel he measures up in action & dynamism for the role he's playing. A credible job, yes, but another "Meh" feeling for the actors. Which leads to a workmanlike "3" rating for this movie, worth the $2 to rent but that's about it. Also, kids shouldn't watch it because of the gruesomeness of the wire murders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2012
Found this movie moderately entertaining. Hard to justify gross killings to a revenge motive. Watched it all the way thru, but wouldn't recommend it very highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Double is a good movie. It will keep your intrest as the story unfolds. Good movie to relax and eat some pop corn while watching it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
This movie was well acted and had a good twist the story was interesting and will keep you involved and if you like Gere you will like this, simply put this is a surprisingly good movie, I will always tell it like I see it.
Scott M
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2012
Great movie. i really enjoy watching this movie,have a lots of action and some drama too.Richard gere did a good job keeping you in suspense . Is a good movie from beginning to end .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This was a good movie--ending is unbelievable. I think anyone who enjoys a thriller will like this too. I would recommend this to anyone who likes movies with a twist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2012
Topher, find a good script. Quick. Before you disappear. No mystery to this one. The ending, twists included came as no surprise. And how old is Gere's character supposed to be?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2012
**SPOILER ALERT** Richard Gere was outstanding and so was Topher Grace. The movie held me at the edge of my seat, but I feel like the writer could have kept Richards characters secret hidden longer before giving it away- adding suspense. Despite the fact that they blatantly gave away the fact that Richard was the bad guy less than half way through the movie, it was a terrific ride.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
THE DOUBLE is a fairly entertaining thriller of the espionage genre that has an interesting idea. Good story: flimsy writing. It is difficult to figure out for a while if this is a good cop/bad cop set up or if this is a throwback to Cold War times. Written by Derek Haas and director Michael Brandt it is less a complex maze of twists and turns that the viewer feels it should be than a mixed salad of CIA, FBI, leftover characters from the Cold War trying to figure out where the film is going.

The film opens with a view of a senator being murdered by a particular manner of cutting the throat that used to be the trademark of some Russian assassins, one in particular named Cassius. But apparently retired CIA operative Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere) killed that entire groups of assassins and it takes the intervention of a maverick Harvard grad turned FBI agent Ben Geary (Topher Grace) who did his thesis on Cassius to suggest that Cassius lives and is in Washington DC to kill CIA and FBI agents. Fate pairs Shepherdson and Geary and the hunt begins with many men having their throats cut a la Cassius method until the evidence begins to fall together as to the truth behind it all. Telling more would destroy what little plot the film holds together.

Gere and Grace are both fine if not memorable and they get some assistance form actors such as Martin Sheen, Steven Boyer, Tamer Hassan, and Odette Annable (a refreshing find!). The dialogue is pretty much drowned out by the noisy musical score and the ambient noise of the action. Not a bad movie, just not a memorable one. It could use a bit of tidying up on the editing and the scoring and it might make sense. Grady Harp, February 12
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A rather dark and depressing plot doesn't deter Richard Gere from doing his usual excellent job of acting. Not an exciting thriller but an OK flick to pass the time.
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