Movie #252 The Double
(2011, US, d. Michael Brandt)
The Double is one of those films that is so bad that you really can’t believe it. Apart from an exceptional performance by Richard Gere, this is probably one of the worst films of 2011. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it, though. But it wasn’t for good reasons. This is the type of film that seems purely constructed to make money. Everything seems like a business calculation – from the miscasting of the actors for international gains to the inserts of tensions here, here, and here. It is a film that was made to cut corners in almost every regard and it’s a shame that major actors were even impressed with the material. First time director Michael Brandt, who co-wrote Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma makes you really wonder who he forced into backing him on this film. This is the sort of movie that screws your own future as a first time feature director. It says boldly that, “I don’t know how to make a movie” and it says that over and over and over again. It is a film that delivers no tension, no cool moments, no action, and no interesting plot-line. It is ignorant but most of all a lazy film. Dialogue is used over and over to clarify simple points that make it seems as if these producers just thought absolutely nothing of their audience. Nothing really makes sense here, including the fake-looking locations that are supposed to double for our nation’s capital. I feel sorry for Gere, who hasn’t been on the screen in quite awhile. Thankfully for him at least, no one will remember the movie anyways.