Sunday, 12 May 2013

Film Review: THE DOUBLE (2011)

The Double - poster Director: Michael Brandt
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
Running time: 94 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): 12

Genre: Action/Crime/Drama
Turkey Release date: 28th October 2011

Watched on Sky+ Sunday 12th May 2013.


A decent espionage thriller is something to behold; the majority of the Bond films are a case in point. This, however, falls into the category of ‘Nice idea that didn’t quite work’. I will keep it briefer than normal because this one is quite easy to sum up, but you don’t escape my very brief summary first.

The Double - 1 We begin with a Russian agent, Bozlovski (Tamer Hassan) being smuggled into the US via Mexico. There’s then a plot about a series of seven Russian agents, headed by a character known as Cassius. Six of them were killed by CIA Agent Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere), then Cassuis had mysteriously disappeared. When a US Senator is killed employing methods used by Cassius, alarm bells begin to ring. A young FBI Agent, Ben Geary (Topher Grace) is brought in and paired with Shepherdson, after much protest. They set off to track down Cassius, but he is much closer to home than they think. And just what does Bozlovski have to do with all this?

The Double - 2 First off, all the performances were very good; I only wish the same could be said for the script. The plot wanders about; giving away very key information far too early (IMO) and taking all the mystery out of it for me. Yes, there is a twist at the end, but by that time I’m just pissed off with it. It’s well shot with most of the action taking place in and around Washington DC. It was nice to see Martin Sheen as CIA director Tom Highland; although it was kinda odd seeing him in Washington & not being the President. Over all, a film that failed to live up to expectations; I know which direction I would have taken it in and that would have been a much better story.

SteelMonster’s verdict: NOT RECOMMENDED

My score: 5.7/10.

IMDb Score: 5.9/10 (based on 14,282 votes when this review was written).

MetaScore: 37/100: (Based on 20 critic reviews provided by at the time of going to press).

The Double - 6 Rotten Tomatoes ‘Tomatometer’ Score: 20/100 (based on 45 reviews counted at the time of going to press).

Rotten Tomatoes ‘Audience’ Score: 38/100 (based on 4,104 user ratings counted at the time of going to press).

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[first lines]
Bozlovski: [whispering in Spanish] Better you forget them. You didn't see anything.

Paul Shepherdson: If the Russians used their women instead of missiles, we'd be wearing furry hats right now.

Ben Geary: You’re gonna “shoot her in the head”?
Paul Shepherdson: Just making a connection.

Martin Miller: [about Bozlovski] This guy has used every single weapon you can think of. From an M-24 from 800 meters, to a rusty nail.

[last lines]
Tom Highland: Ben, would you consider working for us?
Ben Geary: [stunned]
Tom Highland: Think about it...

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Trailer: (Sorry if it gives too much away)

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