Story kicks off with the mysterious murder of a senator bearing the marks of a Soviet assassin, who was long thought to be dead. To hunt down the killer, a retired CIA operative, who spent his career going toe-to-toe with his Soviet nemesis, is teamed with a young FBI agent. Written by
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During a flashback scene where Cassius assassinates an American in Paris, he walks by several patio umbrellas marked with "Beer. Elevated" - a slogan for Italian beer Tappeto Volante. The scene supposedly occurred in 1985, but Tappeto Volante was not established until 2004. See more »
[whispering in Spanish]
Better you forget them. You didn't see anything.
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I went to see The Double with neutral expectations, but it ended up being a pleasant surprise, because of a solid screenplay in the purest tradition of B cinema, two competent performances and good direction.
The veteran who returns for one last job; the rookie who has to get trained in the "battlefield"; the expert murderer with a pending case...it's obvious that The Double was prepared with the same ingredients of an uncountable number of thrillers; but the astute screenplay incorporates some unexpected twists which kept me in suspense till the end. There's one big twist during the first half hour of The Double, and for a moment, I was worried about the fact that co-screenwriters Michael Brandt (who was also the director) and Derek Haas had ruined the film; but it fortunately happened the opposite, because the early revelation of a certain detail changes the dynamic between the main characters, and puts their motivations in doubt until the end itself, when we have new surprises which perfectly tie the loose ends, and we realize that everything was precisely planned from the beginning.
Richard Gere and Topher Grace bring credible and enthusiastic performances in the leading roles. On the opposite, Martin Sheen seems to have participated only in order to charge a paycheck. Another negative element is that some details in the "Cassius" investigation feel a bit forced. Nevertheless, I can recommend The Double as an exciting and very entertaining film with various positive elements.
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