The DoubleOriginal Title: The Double
Director: Michael Brandt
USA, United Arab Emirates | English
Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, the writers behind the kinetic screenplays of Wanted (starring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie) and 3:10 to Yuma (with Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Ben Foster) give the classic spy thriller a few new twists in The Double
, which sees Brandt occupying the director’s chair for the first time.
The mysterious murder of a United States senator bears the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin known by the codename “Cassius.” But Cassius has long been thought dead, so CIA boss Tom Highland (Martin Sheen) calls in ex-operative Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere), who tracked Cassius for years before retiring –and who claims to have killed the evil Russian himself. Highland pairs Shepherdson up with rookie FBI agent Ben Geary (Topher Grace), who wrote his thesis on the Cassius hits and insists the latest assassination isn’t the work of a copycat killer –and that Cassius must still be alive.
Despite their fundamental difference of opinion on the target of their professional investigation, Shepherdson and Geary become pals, with the older man playing both mentor and father figure to Geary, a young husband and new dad. But it soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems, and so begins a mind-boggling, high-stakes game of cat and mouse, in which everyone has something to hide –and something to lose. Jammed with dizzying plot twists, red herrings, laughs, double-crosses and double agents, The Double
is a rollicking good time.