From the writer/director of Michael Clayton, Duplicity is a smart, slick and cool espionage movie. Academy Award winner Julia Roberts and Clive Owen star as two sexy spies turned- corporate operatives who attempt to pull off one of the biggest heists ever. As the stakes rise in the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse, they'll put everything on the line to remain one double-cross ahead of the rest.
Intelligent and funny thriller
- Duplicity review by Rob S
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This is like an intelligent take on Mr & Mrs Smith with Roberts and Owen playing a couple who are (allegedly) working together to pull a an industrial espionage stunt and make a few million. The details of their relationship are not known initially although we know that they know each other. The film is told in a number of flashbacks inbetween present day scenes and slowly we begin to understand the relationship. This is qiute a complicated film and to be honest probably needs two viewings just to check that all of the plot lines tie together. So, it requires concentration to follow all of the nuances but I found this highly enjoyable and with a few decent laughs. The chemistry between Owen and Roberts is also very good (a doubt that I had prior to viewing) and if you're looking for a intelligent thriller with a few laughs and a great many twists and turns then this is for you.
In regard to the BR Disc, the picture is 3.5/5 (it's not stunning, but perfectly passable with some nice detailed shots especially in some of the opulent hotel scenes). Audio wise I score a 3/5 as mainly front dialogue and music orientated but what there is sounds good.
Julia Roberts sat out Oceans Thirteen which looks like a poor decision after watching Duplicity. Clearly this film wants to appeal to a similar market, with its slick visuals and production standards. This also applies to the plot that attempts to twist and turn so many times that you lose interest. I doubt the actors even knew where it was going next! The chemistry between Owen and Roberts is lacking, Clive just isn't cut out as a leading man and is out of place here. This could have been an interesting take on corporate security with a more streamlined and fluid script.