The Double (2011)

The Double (2011)
  • Time: 98 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
  • Director: Michael Brandt
  • Cast: Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Stephen Moyer


The mysterious murder of a US senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin “Cassius,” forces Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere), a retired CIA operative, to team with rookie FBI agent, Ben Geary (Topher Grace), to solve the crime. Having spent his career chasing Cassius, Shepherdson is convinced his nemesis is long dead, but is pushed to take on the case by his former supervisor, Tom Highland (Martin Sheen). Meanwhile, Agent Geary, who wrote his Master’s thesis on Shepherdson’s pursuit of the Soviet killer, is certain that Cassius has resurfaced. As Shepherdson and Geary work their way through crimes both past and present, they discover that Cassius may not be the person they always thought him to be, forcing both to re-examine everything and everyone around them.


  • The fascination for depicting the criminal minds is an endless source of inspiration for studios trying to rise above the cliché that is usually present in most thrillers. And if you choose to unmask the villain at the beginning of the story, something else must hold the viewer’s curiosity until the end.

    “The Double” goes for the second choice and although I may have spent the rest of the movie trying to figure out what else could make up for the fact that the villain was already exposed, I must say the final surprise didn’t quite do the trick. Richard Gere may still have his charm, but I’m not sure he was the best choice for the character he played. There are some action involved, but in the end this movie feels like a meal that doesn’t taste as good as it looks.

  • Ouch, what a setback.

    I thought a film with Richard Gere as a retired secret agent might well be interesting. The first half hour it was. When I saw Topher Grace, I didn’t recognize him immediately. And then it hit me. He used to play in “That ’70s Show”. At that time he already looked sluggish and dull. In this movie it also seemed as if he would fall asleep any time. This part totally didn’t suit him.

    The plot being revealed so early is something new. But then it all crumbles down and at the end you get a totally unexpected twist. The only thing is, it’s totally unbelievable. The heroic fight at the end between Richard Gere and Tamer Hassan was kind of entertaining, but when suddenly Gere crawls along Grace and almost immediately passes away, I was like, “Yep, come on”. What a silly theater.

    A spy / thriller with a great start, a surprisingly early disclosure and then a downward flight to an anticlimax. One positive thing : it was fun to see Martin Sheen playing again.

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