Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - February, 2012


"The Double" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton



The mysterious murder of a U.S. senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin "Cassius," forces a retired CIA operative Shepardson (Gere), to team with rookie FBI agent Geary (Grace) to solve the crime. Having spent his career chasing Cassius, Shepherdson is convinced his nemesis is long dead. Meanwhile, Agent Geary, who wrote his Master's thesis on Shepherdson's pursuit of the Soviet killer, is certain that Cassius has resurfaced. As Shepherdson and Geary work their way through crimes both past and present, they discover that Cassius may not be the person they always thought him to be, forcing both to re-examine everything and everyone around them.


  • Image Entertainment
  • 2011, Color, PG-13, 92 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Martin Sheen
  • Directed by : Michael Brandt
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes


This movie had potential, but fell victim to an oft used plot ploy of revealing the “big secret” in the first third of the film. Now we, the audience, know what’s going on while the rookie G-man runs around till the finale, completely clueless. Even though there is some action thrown in once and a while, the movie becomes bogged down and dull. My other big complaint was the lack of realistic blood. I mean, people were getting their throats slit and there was precious little blood to show for it. Gere steps out a car after a nasty crash and the blood on his face looks like it was painted on with a magic marker. The scars on the Russian terrorist looked like rubber cement, but that could be just because the PQ is so good and detailed. Really, a half hour of this movie could have trimmed and not affected the overall story line. Oh, and the title refers to a "double agent". Hope I spoiled the ending.


As un-thrilling this thriller was, I can not fault the pristine PQ or aggressive SQ. Lots of depth and detail (like the scars and blood that the fine details reveal to be less than genuine) with good contrasts and vivid colors. Gere's face is really showing some wear, but I can only hope to look as good as him when I get to that age. The surrounds are very effective in the car chase scene. Dialog is well centered and clear as a bell. Great looking and sounding flick...just not a great movie.


Even the extras are dull. Producer interviews, trailer and commentaries with Brandt and the writer.