If there ever were a predictable thriller, “The Double” would be it, a film so dreary and downright silly that no studio would think of releasing it if weren’t for Richard Gere in the lead. He plays a retired CIA agent named Paul Shepherdson who is called back in action to track down a Soviet assassin suspected in the murder of a U.S. senator (how original!). He is teamed up, against his will, with a young F.B.I agent (That 70’s Show’s Topher Grace) who is obsessed with the case. Let me pause for a minute to tell you that the Soviet assassin is revealed to us about a third of the way in. From then on, “The Double” doesn’t make much sense. The movie is directed and co-written by Michael Brandt, who also co-wrote “Wanted”, a movie which also made no sense, but at least had Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy firing guns. “The Double” on the other hand, has a Soviet assassin sneaking up on people and murdering them with his official “From Russia With Love” wire-wristwatch. Not very exciting to be honest. Gere gives it his best, which is why I stuck with it till the end, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. “The Double” is a suspense movie made by people who’ve apparently never seen a suspense movie before. And when it ended, it left a bad taste in my mouth. But it is what I’ve come to expect from almost every cop movie these days.
Categories: The Twenty-First Century