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"The Double" - {Blu-ray} - (Wayne)
Wayne Klein
Studio: Image
Release Date:
January 31, 2012
Special Features:

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I rarely expect much from a direct-to-video release but "The Double" surprised me. While it's not a great movie "Double" is a fairly clever spy thriller.***

Richard Gere plays Paul Shepherdson a CIA agent called out of retirement when the assassin code named Cassius that he killed appears to be killing political targets again taking out a U.S. Senator. Paired with Ben Geary a young FBI agent and analyst (Topher Grace)to track down Cassius and find out what exactly is going on and what his mission is. As Sheperdson and Geary dig a little deeper they become convinced that, perhaps, Cassius has branched out to become a serial killer.***

I've read many of the other reviews for this film and most of them complain about how preposterous the plot is and ho unrealistic the film is. Folks--it's a movie. It's no better or worse than a film like "Salt" (actually quite a good spy thriller with some interesting twists)and while it clearly didn't have quite the budget of that film the writer (with Derek Haas)-director Mark Brandt ("Wanted", "3:10 To Yuma")does a fine job of staging the action and makes good use of a strong cast that includes Grace, Gere, Martin Sheen, Odette Annable and a solid string of supporting actors.***

Special Features:

The Blu-ray comes with a couple of featurettes, commentary track from the director and the theatrical trailer.***

Final Words:

Is it sometimes silly? Sure but then almost ALL spy thrillers can be pretty silly and preposterious at times which is WHY you have to suspend your disbelief. Once you get into "The Double" you'll enjoy both the performances and some of the clever twists although it's easy to see why the film went straight to video it also doesn't mean that the film is a complete disaster.*** A pretty decent rental. ***


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