The Double

 (1,482)5.91 h 38 min2011X-RayPG-13
When a United States Senator is murdered, the evidence points to a Soviet assassin, who was long-thought to be dead.
Michael Brandt
Richard GereTopher GraceMartin Sheen
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Stephen MoyerOdette YustmanStana KaticTamer Hassan
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AmandaReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2020
2.0 out of 5 starsTrailer IS the movie, Absurd Spoiler
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Watched the trailer and felt, Gee thanks, now I don't need to see the movie. This must be a trailer that was intended to pitch the film and they were too stupid not to change it--it is the whole film, spoilers and all. This trailer is like watching the cliff notes to the film, a full synopsis. I then took a gander and ended up fast-forwarding through the whole film because, ummm, I'd basically already seen it. Maybe the general isn't too impatient to watch films, but rather we get bored because you give them all away with your egoistic trailers!
34 people found this helpful
Elle Shopper LadyReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2019
4.0 out of 5 starsBecause Richard Gere can do no wrong, nor his son, Topher Grace
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Action, interactions and finales full of surprises of the right sort. It was neat that I was wrong in my guesses of "what happens next" in some places and right in others, especially the ending scenes. They did a fine job. Richard Gere is an old favorite and Topher Grace a newer one and it fine to Martin Sheen again as well.

I like the people in the roles - they seemed to be a good company who worked well together.
Something created a feeling of being included in the scenario - possibly the 3D or 5.1 sound that CAN create the effect of putting the viewer more into the action with the players.

But here are Two things for thought.

1. IDEA: skip the music and include only the reality sounds....emphasizing foreground and peripheral / background noise to share, as in the Irish poem ,"The music of what happens" . Viewers should not ever think they are watching Mary Poppins. With the artful music factored out, it's a lot grittier - seedy and horrible and terrifying as it SHOULD be to anyone who values life and good values.

Was it supposed to be funny including the Richard Gere and the prostitute scene? A real-life prostitute in that place would have been more wretched...not "U no who" in any way.

2. I did a lot in many capacities with new children's projects in schools private and public - wish they'd be more responsible for what they let a small child view. One day internet security will take care of that.

Garrotte or wire is horrible to watch because it makes it fast and easy to do a gruesome thing - any time we make death look easy-peasy it is wrong, and yet that it what happens in these films.

Death is supposed to be at least NOT desirable..ANY death.

The proliferation of deaths in these films is wildly unhealthy - undermines human basics. Others here said the violence was good or is violence EVER good or great?

i know that readers of my review will think these remarks absurd but I know I am right - it is time for media to be more for "Truth, Justice and the American Way" for a bit.
27 people found this helpful
Bruce WinningReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starssometimes a little imagination is all that is needed to kill
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I enjoyed thinking I knew what was going on. I saw what was going on and I enjoyed the action and violence but just when I realized who the bad guy was there pops up another. Don't try to figure out who is who and just watch. You will be glad that you watched. The 5.1 surround was a nice touch.
11 people found this helpful
tt1106Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2020
2.0 out of 5 starsThis movie is terrible. No really..Two stars for the number of hours, I wasted watching it.
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Ok, it is mildly amusing. But it is mostly awful. It’s got Richard Gere and Topher Grace, but they must have been pretty hard up. The acting is so so. The plot’s pretty lame and wildly unbelievable.
There is very little attention to detail, which makes it even more terrible. Isn’t he final moments, as they are collecting evidence, they measure to a Blank cartridge. Seriously, Hollywood, you couldn’t get a real spent casing from a shooting range? And the car chase. It seems like super secret agents would know how to kill people more efficiently. Or be able to fight better. Or be able to perform a PITT maneuver. Or be able to hide encoded messages better. Or....Or....Or. So many plot holes. Not sure who the technical advisor was that consulted on the movie (Just kidding they obviously didn’t care about any kind of realistic shooting or anything else) Should be executed with a Watch/Garrote. It’s bad. Avoid like COVID.
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Lady BaconReviewed in the United States on June 26, 2014
5.0 out of 5 starsSuspense - with a twist
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I usually don't do reviews on many things and those that I do offer reviews on tend to be fantasy novels. So, although this will be a departure from the norm for me, I'll forge ahead. Because I really, really liked this movie. Part of the attraction was that I enjoy the espionage genre and, since having seen an older Richard Gere in the sweetly poignant movie "Hachi: A Dog's Tale," I see him as a mature actor with great depth who is a pleasure to watch.

Now, the movie is not a deep, universal-truth-of-life-will-be-revealed type of movie. It is an old-fashioned suspense movie with, as I say, twists that I'll not reveal. Suffice to say that the audience knows the identity of an assassin that is active throughout the movie. Now, Richard Gere is a retired CIA field operative that had tracked a group of seven assassins from the U.S.S.R. and, one by one, ended them. But now, many years later, it appears that one of the assassins actually survived because periodic assassins have occurred, all with a hallmark manner of death, specific to the assassin presumed ended those many years ago.

Yes, there is some action and yes, the movie does make you think. No, its not an Academy Award level movie - but it is a very enjoyable movie with, what I felt to be, a good, believable plot with a handy surprise at the end... I enjoyed it and think others will, as well. Particularly if you find the East-West spy conflict historically interesting, or if you lived through it from the Berlin Wall going up to the News Years Eve celebration in Berlin as it began to come down, 1 January 1990 and watched as the Soviet regime collapsed.
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Inquiring MindsReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2018
3.0 out of 5 starsYou may fall asleep before this one comes to the final climax scene. Star Wars it aint - (please excuse the comparison)...
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The plot was a little a strained - along with acting. Not up to R.G. usual talents. The script wen stale in a few scenes as expressed in blank expressions on their faces as to who was supposed to speak the next lines. But then again - it's just a make believe deal - so who's paying attention anyway. The plot is revealed in first half (or less) of movie - so rest is just a downhill trek to final conclusion (not satisfying to say the least). Maybe a different set of actors could have put more punch into the action - maybe. If you're into spy movies - this might be just the one for you.
3 people found this helpful
Kevin HughesReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2021
4.0 out of 5 starsReally fun
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Fun adventurous movie, with a few twists. The movie hits you from the get-go with some interesting action and espionage interest, then hides its true twists and curves till the very end of the movie. Overall great, I would suggest watching it without watching the trailer first as I noticed that some of the negative reviews said that the trailer gave away some of the twists of the film, I honestly wouldn't know because I didn't see it.
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2013
4.0 out of 5 starsFine Throwback to the Cynical Cold War Spy Thriller
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Can't say much about the details of the film since a good part of its impact lies in the twists and turns characteristic of the genre. Richard Gere is first rate in the part of the retired CIA agent brought back to find the killer of a United States Senator. The killing has the distinctive markings of the work of a Soviet hitman thought to have been dead for twenty years. Gere's character had killed the hitman. Teamed up with Gere is a young FBI agent who had never been in the field before but had made a study of the hitman's career. He is the model idealistic university trained person who joined the service to serve the public interest. With the team formed, the remainder of the film is devoted to the search for the killer and the changing relationship between the older CIA agent and the younger FBI agent, emphasizing the attraction of the older man with no family to the family (wife and children) of the younger. Martin Sheen is solid as the old veteran head of the CIA with others giving solid supporting
performances. There is action but it is not a film dominated by it. The emphasis is on the personal and professional commitments and loyalties among the participants. Should be a satisfying film to devotees and the general viewer, if they can bear with the attitudes manifest and the one bad slip from classic cynicism characteristic of the genre.
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