Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A mini-movie review: Duplicity (2009)

Duplicity (2009)
Director - Tony Gilroy
Release Date: 20 March 2009 (USA)
Tagline: Outwit. Outspy. Outsmart. Outplay. Then get out.


Paul Giamatti - Richard Garsik

Director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) uses many familiar plot devices to take us on a multi-continental journey which keeps us guessing (sometimes head-shakingly so) as to whom is conning whom and just when we will be let in on the truth.

Clive Owen and Julia Roberts play competing spies (Ray Koval; Claire Stenwick) going after similar information in the world of corporate espionage. The movie hinges on the chemistry between these two stars and it is exactly why I felt this movie worked overall. Owen comes across perfectly, filling the role I would think a somewhat ordinary guy would who just happens to be an international spy. Roberts is sneaky, sly, and sexy, and she more than holds her own against the quality performance of Owen.

Paul Giamatti (Sideways) is very good as a corporate big wig (Richard Garsik) intent on getting the upper hand on his main competition, Howard Tully (Tom Wilkinson), and their scenes are some of the best in the film.

Spoilers would be meaningless as the entire film is fraught with he said/she said and back-stabbing fun, all of which comes together for the ultimate, somewhat obvious (yet not one I exactly figured out early) ending.

This is a fun movie. This is a guilty pleasure movie. This is a bit of a cliché movie, but it works.

This is definitely a date movie.


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