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The Double
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Jan 30, 2012 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Michael Brandt

Actors:
Richard Gere
Topher Grace
Martin Sheen

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A retired CIA agent must pair up with a rookie FBI expert to track down a Soviet assassin who’s returned to America.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I had such high hopes for Topher Grace. His natural comedic timing and dramatic chops suggested a promising “young Tom Hanks” vibe, so it’s a shame to see him slump to direct-to-DVD level material already.

THE DOUBLE has an interesting conceit for a spy thriller (though not original by any stretch) and handled better it could’ve made for a pretty effective movie. However, the script is so sloppy, lazy and full of plot holes that the movie never really gets going. There’s very little in the way of intrigue, thrills or even truly interesting moments. And the few action beats that are present are laughable to say the least. (The car chase through an abandoned junkyard is one of the laziest sequences I’ve ever seen. They literally may as well be driving around an empty parking lot.)

The film somehow manages to feel utterly generic all the way through, even in spite of a relatively decent cast. This is a different kind of role for Richard Gere, which is fun, but he clearly doesn’t care about it at all with a performance that’s nonchalant to the point of embarrassment. His long pauses suggest boredom and forgotten lines more than they do any dramatic finesse. Topher Grace is a little more showy, but still visibly not connected to the material at all. The rest of the cast includes TRUE BLOOD’s Stephen Moyer (playing a Soviet assassin with a horrific Russian accent), Chris Marquette (Eli from THE GIRL NEXT DOOR), Odette Yutsman (that ass from THE UNBORN poster) and Martin Sheen (Emilio Estevez’s dad). Everyone is consistent…ly flat and lifeless.

As expected, this spy movie contains a wild plot twist that is incredibly obvious. (The title itself really gives it away. It’d be like calling THE SIXTH SENSE something like THE GHOST BOY.) Thankfully all is revealed fairly early on, which made me a little happy that they weren’t going to waste my time. But then at the very end the story throws in a second, completely ridiculous reveal that kills what little goodwill THE DOUBLE had going for it and made me reevaluate that whole “wasted time” thing.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with writer-director Michael Brandt and writer-producer Derek Haas: Both men are extremely detailed and forthcoming about the production (and very thankful for the opportunity to work with this caliber of talent), there’s nothing really here to warrant rewatching the film.

Producer Interviews: Not sure why this was titled “Producer Interviews” as it also features comments from actors such as Richard Gere, Topher Grace and Stephen Moyer. All in all pretty short, with the whole thing clocking in under 10 minutes.

Trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THE DOUBLE isn’t unwatchable, but with a generic spy story and a cast that sleepwalks through their roles, it’s hard to recommend as worth your time.

Extra Tidbit: Director Michael Brandt’s writing credits include 3:10 TO YUMA and WANTED.
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