|What a Twist!! Not Really|
Spy movies shouldn't give away twists in the trailer. It kills what would of been a nice reveal for the audience for a genre built on secrets giving them away so easily just isn't right. The Double is a odd and rather boring bit of spy craft.In its trailer they give away one of the movies major twists,this being a spy film though things must go deeper. Except by going deeper it comes up with twists and revelations that are not earned nor really necessary.
Like any detective story things normally start with a murder, in this case a US Senator has been murdered, his throat cut. The very paticular way this man was murdered gets the CIA and FBI involved making them belive that it was the work of Russian super assiasin codname: Cassius. Only problem they had all thought Cassius was long dead just disapeering with when the wall came down. The idea that Cassius is alive and killing dosen't sit well with former Agent Paul Shepherdson who made his career off of hunting and eliminating Cassius and his 7 other assassins and has since retired to a mundane surbarn life utterly alone. He is pulled back in and patnered up with FBI Agent Ben Geary, someone else who had made his young career off of Cassius.And together they might just be the duo to catch this man.What follows is a mundane spy hunt.
This is a complete paint by numbers spy thirller. Everything goes as you would expect it and that is the films greatest failure. This is supposed to be a spy thriller only there is a distinct lack of thrills,tension,pressure or anyother synonyms for thriller. The paint by numbers pacing,editing even the "moody" background music all fail. There is nothing unique about the movie and no sense of craft or ownership director Michael Brandt, its goes from A to B to C all right on schedule. It all feels rather pantomimed.
This pantomimed quality makes the further twists and revelations completely unearned and confusing.Having Sheperdson turn out to be Cassius would of beena nice reveal but they gave that away in the trailer. Turning Ben Geary into a double at the very last minute just seemed completly out of place and only so Sheperdson and Geary could have some sort of mutual connection. Nothing interesting is done or shown about Sheperdsons. We get nothing but a basic idea of his character writers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt could of explored Sheperdson as a tortured soul instead of making him a boring old spy.
Richard Gere basically walks through the movie asleep. Now this understated approach is fitting for his character, a man who has seen and done things in his life but when he tries to wake up he just comes off as forced and terrible. Topher Grace is not necessary for this movie. His character would of been better cast as a unknown instead we get Topher Grace looking like a befuddled man child as Gere runs through everything.There is no chemistry between the two which further hurts the film.
The Double doesn't earn its twist and the complete lack of tension makes this easily one of the worst spy movies I have seen. A spy movie with no tension is like a over cooked steak, just not good.
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