Directors: Michael Brandt Starring: Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Martin Sheen Time Out rating: Japanese title:Kao no nai Spy
Retired CIA enforcer Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere) is called back into duty when a target long presumed dead emerges as the lone suspect in a US senator’s murder. Partnered with a brilliant fresh-faced Fed (Topher Grace) inexperienced in the dark arts of espionage, Paul quickly finds himself snapping the necks of Slavic thugs and confronting his own shocking past. Like a Training Day for spy thrillers, The Double provocatively pairs Gere and Grace as a grey-green odd couple, only to unravel as the double-crossed absurdities pile up and the duo start trading bad Russian accents in a private Mexican standoff. Oh nyet you didn’t!