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The Double

The Double

Original Title: The Double
Director: Michael Brandt
USA, United Arab Emirates | English
2011 | 98min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic
Format: 35mm
15+
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.

–Nicholas Davies

Director,  Michael Brandt

Director,  Michael Brandt

Michael Brandt was born in Madison in the United States. He wrote the screenplay for the blockbusters Wanted (2008) and 3:10 to Yuma (2007) with his writing partner Derek Haas. Brandt and Haas are next adapting The Thirteenth Hour, from Richard Doetsch’s novel, and The Matarese Circle, based on Robert Ludlum’s novel. They are also writing the next installment of Beverly Hills Cop. Brandt makes his directorial debut with The Double.

Cast and Crew

Director
Michael Brandt
Co-Production Company
Hyde Park Entertainment, ImageNation Abu Dhabi
Cast
Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Stana Katic, Stephen Moyer, Martin Sheen, Odette Yustman
Production Company
Image Entertainment
Producer
Ashok Amritraj, Patrick Aiello, Derek Haas, Andrew Deane
Screenwriter
Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
Editor
Steven Mirkovich
Cinematographer
Jeffrey Kimball
Art Director
Giles Masters
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