Double the Espionage, Half the Fun
Starring: Richard Gere, Topher Grace,
Martin Sheen, Odette Yustman,
Tamer Hassan, Stephen Moyer
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: Image Entertainment
Director: Michael Brandt
Executive Producer: Mohamed Kalaf Al-Mazrouei, Ed
Producer: Patrick Aiello, Amshok
Amritraj, Andrew Deane, Derek
Writer: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
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The movie stars Richard Gere as Paul, a retired CIA man brought in to work with Ben, a young FBI agent, to track down a Russian assassin nicknamed Cassius. The partnership is triggered when some Russian agents slip through the U.S. border as immigrants and a U.S. Senator is murdered. The murder reminds people of the MO of Cassius.
The rest of the movie consists of Paul and Ben arguing over Cassius’ motives. Also, a series of increasingly confusing revelations about which men are agents for whom, and why, ensues.
THE DOUBLE features some fast-paced action that should appeal to adult action fans, but it’s too carelessly written to hold up well or be memorable the moment it’s over. Too many loose ends and murky plot details don’t help. The violent assassinations, which involve slitting people’s throats, are mercifully quick but sometimes unpleasantly graphic. Also, all the double-crossing deceptions eventually become dispiriting for the viewer.
Overall, this is a movie with some exciting action moments, and fairly few profanities and obscenities for its genre, but it lacks good writing to make it worthwhile viewing for the average moviegoer. For media-wise viewers, the movie is rated PG-13 primarily for its violence and some foul language. Also, what could have been a patriotic movie about American agents stopping an assassination team turns out to be a murky story about [SPOILER ALERTS] a current Russian agent in America ordered to protect some past Cold War machinations by the former Soviet Communist government in Russia from exposure. Also dropped into this story are themes about getting revenge for the previous murder of a loved one. Eventually, the current Russian agent decides not to go back to Russia but stay with his American wife.
Extreme caution is advised for THE DOUBLE.
THE DOUBLE features fast-paced action, but it’s too carelessly written and contains too many loose ends and confusing characters. The violent assassinations, which involve slitting people’s throats, are mercifully quick but sometimes unpleasantly graphic. Also, all the double-crossing deceptions become dispiriting for the viewer, especially those who might like to see a rousing, patriotic spy thriller. THE DOUBLE is definitely not that and contains some unpleasant violence and foul language. Extreme caution is advised. Instead of THE DOUBLE, older spy movie fans probably would prefer Michael Caine’s 1966 movie THE IPCRESS FILE.