When a United States Senator is brutally murdered, the evidence points to a Soviet assassin, code-named Cassius, long thought to be dead. Two men who know Cassius best are thrown together to catch him. Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere) is a retired CIA operative who’s spent his career tracking Cassius around the globe. Ben Geary (Topher Grace) is a hotshot young FBI Agent and family man who has studied the killer’s every move. Ben thinks he knows Cassius, but Paul knows he is dead wrong. Now, time is running out to stop this merciless killing machine. Martin Sheen, Stephen Moyer, Odette Yustman, and Stana Katic costar in this tense thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last shot.
Kevin and I thoroughly enjoyed this spy thriller. I’m finding more and more films that go straight to DVD are still very much worth watching. One word of warning, though – if you’re interested in watching The Double, do not watch the trailer. It gives away a huge plot twist. Granted, the plot twist happens fairly early on in the film, and there is another major twist yet to come, but I hate it when a trailer gives away too much. Make me want to see the film, but don’t ruin any surprises for me!
Richard Gere is in his element in this type of role. It’s nice to see an actor playing his age. The very young – and baby-faced – Topher Grace is a nice foil and contrast with Gere’s steely-haired age and wisdom. The movie is well cast; I enjoyed Odette Yustman as Grace’s wife (I’ve liked her work ever since I fell in love with the series October Road), and it was fun seeing Castle‘s Stana Katic in a tiny role as a Russian prostitute.
I also liked the fact that, just when I thought I knew exactly how things were going to end, the film surprised me again. That’s what makes a thriller worth watching.
The Double will be available on DVD on January 31st. The special features include an audio commentary and a featurette.