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This review is from: Duplicity (DVD)
A bit like a less energetic "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", but with a high-falootin' chronology and a proposed glossiness that does not really deliver, "Duplicity" still manages to be an entertaining enough mishmash of corporate espionage, intrigue, and office-to-bedroom politics. It's not going to win any awards but is, as a lot of movies are, a pleasant exercise in visual storytelling, with attractive leads and just enough plot to keep you interested.
The plot is less than it seems at first glance: Roberts and Owen play corporate spies, who, having shared a turbulent romantic past, find themselves working the same job in the present. Enter a forgettable supporting cast of "Hey! I know him from somewhere" C-listers, a satisfyingly megalomaniac turn from Paul Giamatti as an exclusives-obsessed CEO, and fairly trite direction by The Bourne Trilogy's Tony Gilroy, and you'd be forgiven for thinking this isn't a very good movie.
It's not bad, though, and you have the combined talents of Roberts and Owen (and Giamatti) to thank for that: there's plenty of Star Quality and some mild comic relief going on to keep your interest, and while this is no James Bond (the twists and turns are too predictable for that), "Duplicity" isn't a bad lot/
Don't expect a lot from this one, and certainly don't bother spending money on buying it - rental is plenty. It could have been better, but that could be said of all films. There's tons of missed opportunity in "Duplicity": Kathleen Chalfant and Tom Wilkinson are definitely able to deliver more than the screenplay allows them, ditto the plot - cutting up the timeline to mask a fairly bog standard storyline never works, and here it's more noticable than in most films.
With this in mind, after the final reel has rolled, you could be forgiven for thinking "... ...huh.", but, while you're in the middle of it, the likeable hijinks and competent performances by the three central characters will certainly keep you entertained.
Rent it, it's a Tuesday night movie.