The Double (2011)



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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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 31, 2012
Box Office: $0.1M
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as Paul Shepherdson

as Ben Geary

as Highland

as Bozlovski

as Agent Weaver

as Guard #1

as Guard #2

as Employee

as Security Guard

as American Man

as CIA Officer

as French Woman

as Newscaster

as Bumped Pedestrian

as The Scrounger

as Senator Darden

as Senator Friedman

as Russian Woman

as Russian Military Off...

as Agent Barton
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Critic Reviews for The Double

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (18)

Questionable motives and unbelievable decisions are relatively small potatoes compared with the Sputnik-size plotholes.

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It's simply not very good.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Ineptly realized in everything but its chase scenes (which are, I'll admit, pretty good).

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Here is a movie constructed from basic parts at the Used Screenplay Store, with a character plugged in whenever one is required.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Double

Adequate nothing more.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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. 

"Keep Your Enemies Close"

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.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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