I really don’t like Richard Gere and I have little time for Topher Grace, but something in the trailer – other than the bit part played by West Wing’s Martin Sheen – made me want to watch it. It was a decision that I was beginning to regret during the early stages of the film, but I held onto the hope that The Double would pull out all the stops when it got going.
And it did.
The Double is a cold war spy thriller set in the present day, and after a ham fisted start where we see Russians crossing into America via the Mexican border, we get to meet the two stars of the show, Paul Shepherdson (Gere), a retired CIA agent who is pulled back to active duty after the murder of an American senator in Washington, and Ben Geary (Grace), an all too green operative, who wrote a thesis on the man they believe killed the senator, Cassius.
Teamed up together to find Cassius, this odd couple actually work off each other quite well, and the film starts to pick up pace, but it’s not until Cassius reveals to the viewer who he is that things get really interesting, and it’s a lot earlier in the film than you would imagine.
The cat and mouse game that follows is pretty intense, but I can;t really go into any specifics because it’s the unexpected twists and turns that make The Double what it is.
What’s most surprising about this film is that with it’s cast it didn’t make very big waves, and infact other than a limited US release was consigned to DVD almost straight away. This may have more to do with the slow start and complex twists that could have put off the test audiences, that the pulling power o Gere and co.
One thing that does let The Double down however is the flashbacks, where little to no attempt has been made to make Gere or Sheen look any younger than their present day characters.
If you’re looking for a solid little thriller, with some decent twists, then you’ll have a happy evening with The Double.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read