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6/10
Pretty good version of a latter-day "B" movie
mitcj22 August 2001
This is an example of the latter-day version of the "B" movie -- the direct-to-video/cable job. As such, if you don't mind cheapness (New York City seems to be portrayed by a small town in Canada) or occasional silliness, it's pretty good. William Baldwin is noble as a cop contending with a corrupt partner (an effectively scary Adam Baldwin) and a murderous joker of a bad guy (Jon Seda having a heck of a time). He falls for a threatened witness, a shrink played with soulful intelligence -- no kidding -- by Elizabeth Mitchell. There's even a nasty hit man haunted by the memory of his musician father. The Baldwin/Mitchell dialog scenes are quite acceptable, and Seda makes your heart race whenever he's on camera. This movie stretches to encompass a theme of redemption and loss, film-noir style, and just about manages it. The action scenes, such as they are, suffer from budget stretching. A bad guy is running away from cops; after he runs half a block, nobody's chasing him anymore. But the conviction of the actors makes it work. Warner Brothers might have produced something like this to play on double bills, and the audiences would've come away satisfied.
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7/10
amusing though not completely convincing
Ted_Parkinson30 August 2001
Certainly a fun film. A bit silly at points, and guilty of the "big co-incidence," but much of the dialog is very good. Jon Seda has the best lines, and is wonderful, and Elizabeth Mitchell spends the whole movie with her eyes half closed in a very enticing way. Baldwin is kinda the straight man throughout, but he does a good job of it.
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The casting was excellent
aoliver27 August 2001
The character played by Jon Seda was believble, and I think he did an excellent job. I like Bill Baldwin, and tuned in because of him. However, I feel Jon Seda stole the whole show. He is a very talented actor, and I hope he receives the credits he deserve in the very near future.
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5/10
Nothing new here
=G=24 December 2002
"Double Bang" is a B-flick now buried in channel clutter on cable. The film has the usual cop flick ingredients including a good cop, a bad cop, a babe, some heavies, drugs, murder, yadayadayada. Although the story is nothing new, the flick dose manage to muster a kind of personality...a sort of likability as it doesn't take itself too seriously, doesn't always do what's expected, passes on opportunities to titillate, and the bad guy laughs all the way to the grave. An okay watch for channel surfers into crime flicks if expectations are kept within reason. (C)
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Nothing new but a nicely done cop movie that takes a surprisingly broadsided look at corruption.
TheVid29 July 2003
This movie comes nicely packaged with a particularly fine cast, superb production design and a wonderful jazz score. It's actually a convincing take on the methodologies behind both criminal and law-enforcement corruption. While it's not an original concept, it's one well handled here, with an adult sensibility and emotional honesty that makes it worthwhile viewing. Jon Seda shines.
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8/10
Great stuff
nick1-36 September 2001
A really fun edge-of-your-seat thriller made even more engaging by some awesome performances. The guy who plays the villain (who i think has a tv series this fall) is a star and several other smaller roles are played to perfection (like the mafia boss). Definitely worth a night at home on the couch.
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Double "Bomb" would be more appropriate
jake j28 June 2002
Direct to video faster than a speeding cliche, "Double Bang" lumbers along its inevitable, well-worn path with an equal measure of indignation and gratuitous foreplay for what must have been its intended audience- Japanese recluses of WWII who stumbled out of the jungle- unfamiliar with this beaten beyond recognition convoluted plot structure. The film reeks suspiciously as being a "deal-slammer", employment contracts are satisfied as long as 90-minutes of old-hat noir goulash is smeared across the small-screen. The cast, especially the reliable Baldwins, radiate a smugness that neither appeals, or convinces. This tale was stale when Charles Ogle was headlining around America in the 1910 version of "Frankenstein". Hard to imagine less "bang" for your video store buck.
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