Unfortunately, as their career keeps deteriorating, aging actors, once popular and great are forced to take dumber and dumber roles. We have seen this with the number of Hollywood actors, and Richard Gere is no exception. Along with Topher Grace (That ’70s Show) and Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Fucking Now) he stars in a new espionage thriller The Double. First of all, there’s nothing wrong with these actors, actually as they gathered more and more acting (and life) experience they seem more and more confident and able to give great performances. The problem here is the script that seems ill written, it’s like they asked writers to come up with some spy thriller script and they said my dog ate it and then doodled something in a few hours. Still if you like this genre, The Double isn’t that bad: budget was good resulting in a nice post-production, there are car chases, surprising twists, fights and tough moral choices, so it is definitely worth a viewing, but as a secondary or a warm up movie.

Paul Shepherdson is a retired CIA agent enjoying his days of retirement (perhaps because he’s not in Florida), but some bad news will force him to join forces with a current hero in CIA, a young agent by the name of Ben Geary. Paul, while active, was working on a Cassius case and he thought he finished that mission a long time ago. Cassius was a Soviet agent, a hitman for their secret service back in a day, and a really mean man. Strangling his victims with a wire (garrote), he was really infamous until Agent Shepherdson killed him and rest of his group. But after a murder of a senator, Ben Geary sees Cassius’s signature all over the kill and when a group of Russian agents cross the border with Mexico, things start to get really complicated…

Director: Michael Brandt

Cast: Topher Grace, Richard Gere, Martin Sheen, Stana Katic, Odette Annable

Fun Facts: Released to theaters in only 10 cities.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1646980/

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