The Double (2011)
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Average Rating: 3.7/10
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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
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Questionable motives and unbelievable decisions are relatively small potatoes compared with the Sputnik-size plotholes.
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.
Here is a movie constructed from basic parts at the Used Screenplay Store, with a character plugged in whenever one is required.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Double
- Paul Shepherdson: He will kill your husband. Like snapping his fingers!
- Paul Shepherdson: You have a wife, you have two kids. Cassius doesn't care who he has to eliminate.
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