Tony Gilroy wants to confuse and entertain you. No,
they aren’t contradictory things. The best summary that
I can give you of “Duplicity” a splendid thriller from Gilroy
who wrote and directed “Michael Clayton” is that a pair
of former spooks Ray (Clive Owen) and Claire (Julia Roberts)
take work with a security company working for Richard Garsik
(Paul Giamatti) who wants to find out what secret product
his hated rival at Burkett & Randle C.E.O. Howard Tully
(Tom Wilkinnson) is bringing to market. ***
Gilroy does takes the triple cross thriller like Hitchcock
often made and turns it into a quadruple cross thrill ride.
He does so by dropping hints about Ray and Clarie’s background,
motive in participating in corporate espionage who can on-up
the other in this clever, humorous and convoluted suspense
thriller. The complex story structure of the film by itself
is a minor miracle but the fact that it all comes together
in the final minutes of the movie is icing on the cake.
I don’t want to reveal any more of the plot because it will
spoil the fun of discovery. ***
Gilroy continues to demonstrate that he’s a major player
with talent to burn with the screenplays he has penned over
the last decade along with this his second film as a director.
The performances are uniformly excellent and Gilroy handles
the cast with subtly and skill bringing out the best in
all his performers particularly Julia Roberts who of late
hasn’t given the most appealing performances. ---
Image & Sound:
“Duplicity” doesn’t just have razor sharp wit in the
dialogue and performances it also has it in spades with
a brilliant, colorful and detailed transfer. ***
Dialogue remains crystal clear throughout. The music
and sound has a nice, lively open quality to them.