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DOUBLE, THE

Martin Sheen, Topher Grace Richard Gere    DVD
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The Double has plenty of action, switchbacks, and double-crossing drama to satisfy the most jaded action fan. Director Michael Brandt (making his directorial debut) cut his writing chops on such fast-paced fare as 2 Fast 2 Furious and the remake of 3:10 to Yuma, so he's right at home moving the plot along at a feverish clip. Richard Gere is enigmatic and just sympathetic enough as Paul Shepherdson, a retired CIA operative who's brought back into action after the assassination of a United States senator to help track down his long lost (and supposedly dead) Cold War nemesis. He's assigned by his boss, authoritatively played by Martin Sheen, to work with a rookie agent, Ben Geary (Topher Grace, who can hold his own against these film lions just fine, thank you). The Double has elements of the best buddy flicks, a little bit of the Bourne films, and more than a little homage played to The Usual Suspects. Stephen Moyer plays a very believable menace to the free world. But is he the dreaded Cassius? As the tension rises and the plot thickens, one wishes Gere had a bit of a harder edge--like, say, a mid-career Harrison Ford or Samuel L. Jackson. Yet in some ways the "soft" casting of Gere helps keep the plot aloft. The Double is a perfect popcorn spy caper that will have the viewer guessing until nearly the end of the film. But will that be too late? --A.T. Hurley

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Double Aug. 18 2012
By Ed
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I didn't know what to expect from this movie but I really enjoyed it. Richard Gere and Topher Grace were both very convincing in their roles. Many twists and turns, action and political intrigue make this well worth seeing. I will be watching it again for sure!
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Very well written and directed movie... and another excellent performance by Richard Gere. Very impressed also with Topher Grace, very well cast in his role as the "analyst". This classic Cold War tale is most definitely worth watching as it has been retold by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with a modern twist which should leave audiences more than a little disturbed about the Intelligence Community. Good movie! Nik.A
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