Directed by Michael Brandt, The Double may be another clichéd crime
thriller but thankfully it has a stellar line-up of stars that include
Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Martin Sheed, Stephen Moyer, Odette Yustman
and Stana Katic. The movie also feels like an 80's film due to the plot
but thankfully it's firmly grounded in the 21st century and revolves
around the brutal death of a United States senator.
However as the movie unfolds, we soon learn that the murderer may be
linked to a Soviet assassin called Cassius and this is where former CIA
agent Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere) and FBA agent Ben Geary (Topher
Grace) come into the picture. With this myriad of young and old,
together they form an uneasy alliance in order to catch the assassin
before he strikes again.
Shepherdson who spent a good deal of his CIA life tracking Cassius, he
believes that he has the knowledge to finally catch him, however Geary
believes otherwise. The dynamics of both these characters makes for
something interesting storytelling and both Gere and Topher play their
roles exceptionally well.
though the plot can be predictable at times, there's a couple of twists
that hopefully most people will miss in order to make this thriller that
tad more enjoyable.
Although this was a direct to DVD release in Australia, don't let this
deter from your hiring or purchasing this film as it definitely gives a
few other Hollywood moves a run for it's money.