It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s a good film if you’re looking for a bit of escapism. As I said before after watching the trailer, it’s the “comedic version of Michael Clayton” and I going to stick with that, but then add in a touch of the slick styling of the Ocean‘s series and a more heady version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, into the description. Overall, the film has everything you need, it is fun to watch, and yet it won’t leave you completely void of thought.
The films is about a pair of corporate spies who have one passionate night together (possibly due to chemistry or possibly due to a job) and later reunite to pull off the ultimate con job on their respective bosses. The question is, does anyone ever really know what the other person is up to? Ray Koval (Clive Owen) and Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts) spend the entire film trying to steal from their bosses, while making sure that the other person is not trying to steal from them. It makes for a very tricky plot-line in which, no one really understands until the credits role.
The trouble with a lot of these films is that the stories are so complex that you spend most of your time trying to figure out what’s going on and not enough time enjoying the film. Thanks to writer/director Tony Gilroy, this film does not fall victim to it’s own story. Duplicity balances the entertainment and the twisting-turning plot line very well, by keeping you entertained so that you happily go along with the ride until the “ah-ha!” moments come up. There is always something to chew on and in the end they give you an ending that explains enough, but will still keep you thinking.
As far as acting goes. My favorite parts of the film included Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti. The film opens with the two in a slow-motion old man fight, which was absolutely hilarious. Then we have the sexy-movie stars, Owen and Roberts who made a great duo (again). I don’t know if I should thank the script or the actors for their fun, witty banter, but it’s clear that Gilroy knows how to write a script and these two know how to perform it. Even though Owen and Robert’s never have a “real” conversation, I found their chemistry in this film to be much more realistic than their roles in Closer. There was something very natural about both of them in their situation.
Overall, I would say this is a great weekend pick.
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