The Double- July 30th

The Double (2011)
English- Action Thriller
Rated “PG-13”
Runtime- 98 min.
dir. Michael Brandt

Wow, this movie looked pretty dreadful from the start.  An action movie featuring Topher Grace and Richard Gere? Oh boy!

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

Actually not terrible.  It did  a good job of convincing the audience that they knew what was going on, only to tell them that they didn’t.  This is of course the goal of any good spy thriller, but typically a little better executed.  I may have not known what was going on, but what was actually happening was kind of weak.

Acting: 1/2

Grace and Gere are fairly close to the let-downs I thought they would be, and there isn’t enough of a strong supporting cast to help keep them afloat.

Photography/Set: 1/2

A little too stark for the amount of characters and action. This kind of photography and set design can work in a movie, but not this one. There either needs to be less going on or more, but not in the wishy-washy middle.

Sound/FX: 1/2

Again, another let-down that just makes this movie feel too cheap. Just looking at this area, it has the same problems as the cinematography.  There either needs to be more or less.

Misc: 1/2

The feeling I got about halfway through the film, and something that I have been very obviously dwelling on, is this movie’s production value.  Film students take note: if you don’t have a lot of money, don’t try to fake it, because it will probably look stupid.  If you have a lot of money, use all of it to its fullest.

VERDICT: 5.5/10

It’s just kind of there.  Watch it on streaming if you’re bored I guess.

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