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In this action-packed thriller set in Eastern Europe, an American physician working for Doctors Beyond Borders, Dr. Nicholas Pinter (Val Kilmer), is mistakenly identified as a secret agent by the Russian mob. After a violent pursuit by two mobsters, he escapes a close brush with death when he is rescued by the British Secret Service and the beautiful but mysterious Katrine (Izabella Miko). Nicholas soon realizes that the deadly game has only begun as he and Katrine become tangled in a deadly web of lies and murder.
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In a nutshell: the script is dreadful, the plot is absurd, the budget is a shoestring, and the acting flounders. You'd be better off with a 007 movie.
Val Kilmer is uninspiring as a hapless American doctor in Bulgaria that ultimately travels to Prague to evade his assailants. The movie's cover is misleading, as it portrays Kilmer as something of a spy or action hero. Helping him along the way is the lovely secret agent played by Polish actress Izabella Miko (Athena in Clash of the Titans).
The direction and cinematography are both decent, but the acting and writing both are sub-par. The film lacks an original story, and just isn't suspenseful. I wouldn't suggest even renting this movie, as it will only remind you of how hard Kilmer has fallen off since the 80's and 90's.
Because this movie is so poor, and there's nothing really much to say about it, I am going to blame Kilmer's long greasy hair and beard for how dumb this movie is. If your bearded, greasy-haired mug is in every newspaper, and you want to escape detection, perhaps the "doctor" would have thought to, I don't know, have a shave and wash and cut his hair. It could have made for a believable moment in this otherwise imploded mess.
What I like about the movie is you have no idea who is trying to save him. You get the hint that Izabella Miko's character is spying at the beginning of the flick, so no spoiler here. Yet, whom is she spying for? The action is much more calculating than a spy thriller. I think the title could have been more of mistaken identity. Even though he shows he is a doctor, his accusers will not let him be. There is definately a North by Northwest type of theme here, yet, it is not as exciting, with a much more deliberate tempo. There are some scenes where there is a bit of time, driving, walking, looking in windows, I actually did a minimum fast forward through these getting the gist and making sure not to miss the dialog. Hence, the movie dragged less.
I think there is a lot of potential with this movie. The character actors playing the various roles portrayed a verys serious side of things, I guess international organized crime is more like that than what you may find in a more entertaining film.
The DVD itself needed at least one extra where they told you why they made the film. That and a little more tempo, would have added to the more stayed role that Val Kilmer plays in Double Identity.
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