The Double (2011)
In The Double, the mysterious murder of a US senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin "Cassius," forces Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere), a retired CIA operative, to team with rookie FBI agent, Ben Geary (Topher Grace), to solve the crime. Having spent his career chasing Cassius, Shepherdson is convinced his nemesis is long dead, but is pushed to take on the case by his former supervisor, Tom Highland (Martin Sheen). Meanwhile, Agent Geary, who wrote his Master's thesis on Shepherdson's pursuit of the Soviet killer, is certain that Cassius has resurfaced. As Shepherdson and Geary work their way through crimes both past and present, they discover that Cassius may not be the person they always thought him to be, forcing both to re-examine everything and everyone around them. -- (C) Image … More
- PG-13 (for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images and language)
- Mystery & Suspense , Drama
- Directed By:
- Michael Brandt
- Written By:
- Michael Brandt , Derek Haas
- In Theaters:
- Oct 28, 2011 Limited
- On DVD:
- Jan 31, 2012
- Box Office:
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as Ben Geary
as Agent Weaver
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as Guard #2
as Agent Barton
as Security Guard
as American Man
as CIA Officer
as French Woman
as Bumped Pedestrian
as The Scrounger
as Senator Darden
as Agent Barton
as Senator Friedman
as Russian Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Double
Old laundry, a limp, doddering would-be thriller that desperately needs Jack Bauer to show up and start shooting things and yelling at people.
Let's hope Richard Gere never has to make another one this cheesy after his comeback in "Arbitrage."
Director/Writer Michael Brandt does a nice job of building tension throughout the entire movie and gives old man Gere some action man chops.
I may have seen some things coming in the story, but it was nonetheless interesting to watch things play out.
Gere phones in a cool, detached performance. Grace is sub-par as the whiz kid agent. And, the story, despite numerous plot twists, fails to entertain. Grade: C.
You have to admire Brandt and Haas for taking such a gamble, but unfortunately it doesn't quite pay off.
It is a flawed film, but one that accomplishes what it sets out to do: entertain, if in fits and starts, for an hour and a half.
the ineffectiveness of the final half hour ultimately ensures that The Double ends on a disappointingly anticlimactic note.
The type of professionally assembled star programmer a big studio would once release wide to a decent return in an off-peak season.
With nothing resembling a character worth rooting for, the fact that the plot of The Double just gets sillier and sillier makes it one of the most annoying films of the year.
Brandt's thriller doesn't have much of a connection to the present, let alone reality.
Questionable motives and unbelievable decisions are relatively small potatoes compared with the Sputnik-size plotholes.
The feature labors over details as though the C.I.A. is going to use this as a training tool for new recruits, taking a very silly, logic-leaping effort with the utmost seriousness.
Like a stripper who gets naked too quickly, the lukewarm spy thriller "The Double" lays out its big plot twist early in the movie - and soon finds, shivering, that it has nowhere else to go.
The title "The Double" doesn't refer to baseball, but it could. The thriller may not hit it out of the park, but it's a solid double.
When the story starts to fall apart you're left wondering if the film was worth all the money and effort that went into making it.
Ineptly realized in everything but its chase scenes (which are, I'll admit, pretty good).
Here is a movie constructed from basic parts at the Used Screenplay Store, with a character plugged in whenever one is required.
Audience Reviews for The Double
Well, a movie with Richard Gere that I didn't like too much. It was passable, due to the quality of the actors. The storyline, however, just didn't seem to sit well with me. Plus, for them to give away the murderer right in the beginning was a big mistake, in my opinion....More
Martin Miller: This guy has used every kind of weapon you can think of. From an M-4 at 12 hundred meters, to a rusty nail.
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The Double is a film of good intentions, but in the end I was left wondering... Does writer/director Michael Brandt actually think this is smart or does he know how truly amateurish and by the numbers this whole film is? I'll admit that The Double is watchable. I had no problem sitting through the film, despite just how bad it is. It's got every standard scene and every standard plot device. It unfolds like a puzzle you've done a thousand times. You can piece it together with your eyes closed. When the twist comes at the end, it's just laughable.
When a state senator is killed in the fashion of a famous Russian assassin who was thought to be dead; retired CIA agent Paul Shepherdson is brought in. He was on this assassins trail for years, but could never bring him in. Paul is adamant that the killing can't be Cassius because he believes Cassius to be dead. An up and coming, young FBI agent thinks differently. He wrote his thesis on Cassius and believes that this is his work. The two are teamed up to figure everything out.
There's not really too much to say about The Double. It's a movie that wants to appear like an original and well thought out thriller, but all it is is a rehash of other movies. There's little excitement to be had here because of the predictability and lack of real substance. There are a million plot holes, loose ends aren't tied up, and the whole affair seems kind of lazy. The nicest thing I can say about it, is that it was watchable. But even garbage can sometimes be watchable.
Michael Brandt puts together just enough of a crime thriller with The Double.The story never draws itself out that much, although that isn't to say that this film is a quick breeze from start to finish. There are plot holes to be had, while other details are seemingly fulfilled with minimal explanations. Nevertheless, there are twists and turns to keep things moving along.Only showing up when needed, the action and the violence are held in check. There is nothing overly showy about any of it and it is forgettable by the film's conclusion.While not delivering any memorable performances, both Richard Gere and Topher Grace get by with their lead characters. To much dismay, Stana Katic is highly under-utilized. The lovely Odette Yustman appears as needed and is more noteworthy for her looks than anything else. The occasional side character tends to pop up at opportunistic moments as well. The Double isn't perfect by any means; however, it is a watchable 90+ minutes of agents tracking down an assassin.More
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