Proof Review: The Double (2011)

Release Date
October 28, 2011
Director
Michael Brandt
Screenplay
Derek Haas
Michael Brandt
Distributed By
Image Entertainment
Budget
$17 million
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images and language
98 minutes

The Double

The Double is an interesting beast of a film. If you saw the trailer before seeing the actual film, there’s a good chance you knew most of the plot before even stepping in. Your best bet is to avoid the trailer if you have not yet been exposed. That being said, for giving away a pivotal plot point before the film even begins, The Double still holds together quite well, with most of the credit going to two top-notch performances from Richard Gere and Topher Grace.

Richard Gere plays retired CIA agent Paul, who is brought back to help finish a case he started before retirement. Under the assumption that a Russian assassin, Cassius, was dead, when the same murders begin to resurface, Paul is brought back in by CIA director Tom (Martin Sheen). Paired with the young and intense FBI agent Ben (Topher Grace), who has become obsessed with Cassius, the two men try to track down the assassin as well as his known Russian cohorts. If you haven’t seen the trailer, then the film could be a nice, refreshing surprise thriller.

Topher Grace proves that he can match the acting prowess of a veteran like Richard Gere. Grace appears to abandon his typical scrawny loser routine and equals his lead star on almost all levels. I continue to look forward to Grace’s career, which I have been happily following since his days starring on That 70’s Show.

There are some great moments in The Double that make the film worthwhile, especially as Richard Gere takes complete hold of his character, delivering stern lines like a blatant confession taken as a joke to a Russian gangster, Bozlovski in a warehouse when the two finally meet. With nice showings from the supporting cast in True Blood’s Stephen Moyer, playing a rough-neck, scar-faced, Russian prisoner and Odette Yustman as Topher Grace’s wife, this film is rounded-out as well.

Though there are much better action films available out there, it is hard to beat the team of Richard Gere and Topher Grace. Able to rise above its crippling advertising, The Double is a fresh cop thriller reminiscent of the Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke pairing in the award-winning Training Day. Avoid the trailer for this film and you will thank me later.

 

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