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Too smart for its own good. Here we have a movie that's too smart for its own good about people who are too smart for their own good. I thought it was engaging although not funny enough to be a comedy nor suspenseful enough to be serious. Reminded me a bit of Charade. Great performances but the clever screenplay left me with 4 questions: who is doing what, to whom, when and why? Other than that, it was great. Favorite moment: when that lady who is the travel planner says "Go ahead. Do whatever you want (to me). It was worth it!"
One word sums it up... BORING I love Julia Roberts. I love Clive Owen. I hate this movie. I could only get through 50 minutes of the 125 minute film. It was just too painful because its so boring. The dialogue felt really forced between the characters. I didn't feel like I was watching real people. Everyone is so busy trying to be clever and "cool" with every line that the focus of the plot becomes terribly lost. This is the first time I watched a Julia Roberts film that I couldn't finish. A Potentially Smart Movie is Bogged Down by Self Indulgent Director Tony Gilroy's films (such as Michael Clayton, Dolores Claiborne, the Bourne series etc) are bright, fast paced, and full of good dialogue. And they keep the audience involved and entertained. Here, in DUPLICITY, he directs his own script, adds a cast of fine actors, finds locations that are fascinating, and paces this journey into the world of corporate espionage with an eye to the brain of the audience. And that seems to be where the trouble with this film begins. Yes, it is refreshing to see a film that is not dependent on fancy car explosions, alien invasions, and gross brutality, a film that challenges the viewer to piece the fragmented story line together and keep pace with the twists and turns of the story. But that is where Gilroy as director loses control. By flash forward and flash backward sequences that fail to do more than show off his characters' repartee he leaves the viewer dangling with self indulgent 'can you figure this one out' moments that take away from character development in a gimmicky manner.
Another problem is that there is very little chemistry between Julia Roberts and Clive Owens as the spy couple du jour: Roberts looks unflatteringly old and Owens seems on the periphery of attraction to her - again, more the fault of the direction than the screen presence of the actors. Tom Wilkinson is barely in the film after the opening titles sequence that adds little to the movie concept that follows other than giving the director an opportunity to display his cinematographer's gifts in a slow motion fight with Paul Giamatti. The film seems for naught in the end - the good points drowning in the production and cockiness of a writer that usually knows how to pull off caper films such as this. Disappointing to say the least. Grady Harp, August 09neat little film a clever, classy and witty spy flick. clive owen channels carey grant and julia roberts channels katherine hepburn. its fun, its twisty and its worth your time if you are a fan of tony gilroy's work.GOOD NAP MOVIE I can't believe I watched it till the end (thought it would get good). spy vs. spy ? Don't base your decision on renting or buying a movie by the movie
critic's I have found they have very bad taste in movies. As they gave this one high expectations-they are so wrong. They are just trying to keep Hollywood going.
Not a thread of action in this movie. All Julia Roberts and Clive Owens did was Talk, Talk, Talk in this movie. At one point you just scream at the TV and tell them to shut up.
The plot of the movie was totally boring. Rent it if you want a good nap.
Not the way to come back for Julia Roberts.