Release Date: January 31, 2012
From the writers who brought us “3:10 To Yuma” and “Wanted” comes “The Double”, a tale of deception and mystery that actually works pretty well. Richard Gere and Topher Grace star along side each other in this espionage thriller that kept me glued to the edge of my seat the entire time. Gere plays Paul Shepherdson, a former CIA operative that has been pulled out of retirement after one of his most elusive foes comes back from the grave to kill again. Grace plays Ben Geary, a young, up and coming FBI agent who knows the ins and outs of this elusive criminal known only as Cassius. The two are partnered up together in order to find out why Cassius has finally come back out of hiding and what his real identity is. The supporting cast of Martin Sheen, Stephen Moyer and Odette Yustman (although apparently now it’s Annable), all do a decent job in this movie, although Stephen Moyer trying to do a Russian accent was a little discerning. The story moved along at a great pace and I was enthralled by the twists and turns the entire way, I was also surprised at Topher Grace in this flick as I’m not really a fan of his (he wasn’t the greatest, but I could tolerate him). I don’t think I’ve seen Richard Gere in anything since “The Mothman Prophecies”, but he was good as always. There were a few moments where I felt he was overacting a bit, but those soon passed and the story continued.
If you’re looking for a pretty solid spy drama then “The Double” is a safe bet. The twists and turns kept me guessing right to the very end and I was still a little surprised when some of them did come to light. As long as you can get over the fact that the kid from That 70’s Show is now starring in drama’s, then I think you’ll be alright.
I was a little disappointed in the video presentation on this one. The film is presented in 2.35:1 1080P and while there were no artifacts or anything like that, it seemed like the whole movie was slightly under exposed. Even the scenes in the daylight seemed a step too dark for me, which in turn made the scenes in the dark that much darker. The movie was shot digitally and not on film, so that could have had something to do with it, or maybe it’s just my eyes. The picture itself was extremely crisp and clean, it just seemed slightly too dark for me.[youtube id=”k3gDiyOJHCc” width=”600″ height=”350″]
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound was very good. The mix seemed like it was spot on as the voices and background noise were not overpowering one another and everything was crystal clear.
There’s a commentary track with Michael Brandt (Director/Writer) and Derek Haas (Writer) as well as the theatrical trailer. They also give us a ~7 minute behind-the-scenes look at the flick which really didn’t do a whole lot for me. It’s more of just interviews with the cast and director/writer and not really a “behind-the-scenes” look in the more appropriate definition, but still kind of interesting… and only 7 minutes so it won’t kill you.