Duplicity (2009, Industrial Espionage Romance Movie) – 3/10 review

Julia Roberts: Claire Stenwick
Clive Owen: Ray Koval
Tom Wilkinson: Howard Tully
Paul Giamatti: Richard Garsik
Producer: Jennifer Fox
Producer: Kerry Orent
Producer: Laura Bickford
Writer: Tony Gilroy
Writer: Tony Gilroy

Duplicity (2009)

Two ex-secret agents try to con a duelling pair of big businessmen out of $40 million.


This probably sounded really clever in Tony Gilroy’s head but he doesn’t manage to get it down on paper or up on screen. His principle saviour is Clive Owen (Julia Roberts looks ill with her sunken eyes) who makes most of his scenes feel fun even when they’re not and you’re not terribly interested in what’s going on. The opening credits are a bit of a hoot as two middle-aged men have a handbags-at-dawn fight in super-super-slo-mo (150 frames-per-second) but that’s the only interesting thing in a transparently-plotted (who’s fighting who at the start), woefully unconvincing, generally useless movie.

This movie contains mild adult dialogue and brief violence and sensuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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