Release date: 28 October 2011
Starring: Richard Gere ,Topher Grace , Martin Sheen , Tamer Hassan , Stephen Moyer , Chris Marquette
Director: Michael Brandt
Duration: 98 min
Rating: stars: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars
Story kicks off with the mysterious murder of a senator bearing the marks of a Soviet assassin, who was long thought to be dead. To hunt down the killer, a retired CIA operative, who spent his career going toe-to-toe with his Soviet nemesis, is teamed with a young FBI agent.
The film opens with a view of a senator being murdered by a particular manner of cutting the throat that used to be the trademark of some Russian assassins, one in particular named Cassius. But apparently retired CIA operative Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere) killed that entire groups of assassins and it takes the intervention of a maverick Harvard grad turned FBI agent Ben Geary (Topher Grace) who did his thesis on Cassius to suggest that Cassius lives and is in Washington DC to kill CIA and FBI agents. Fate pairs Shepherdson and Geary and the hunt begins with many men having their throats cut a la Cassius method until the evidence begins to fall together as to the truth behind it all.
Mr. Grace’s Geary is a dutiful little bureaucrat with a picture-perfect family; in other words, he is a charisma-free drip. There is no ominous electricity between Geary and Shepherdson as the naïve Geary, with his earnest, deer-in-the-headlights gaze, belatedly comes to suspect his partner.
So how did “The Double” come to be? The production notes assert that Mr. Brandt and Mr. Haas, who were among the writers of the remake of “3:10 to Yuma” in 2007, “wanted to be in the vanguard of the renaissance of the spy thriller genre after news broke about the covert Russian spies discovered in the U.S. and Britain.” But what renaissance are they talking about?
It seems much more likely that those events were merely an excuse to dig into the drawer and resurrect an old screenplay that had been sitting there for years in the faint hope of starting a trend.
There’s some momentary pleasure in watching Richard Gere and almost everything else about this routine thriller, from its slick visuals to its churning techno score, is remarkable.
See the official movie website: http://www.thedoublemovie.com/
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Review by:- Lobna Hammam