Duplicity (12A)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Mar 17 2009

Combining the cold corporate intrigue of his directorial debut ‘Michael Clayton’ with the suave, globetrotting antics of the ‘Ocean’s’ series, ‘Duplicity’ marks a move into lighter territory for Oscar-nominated ‘Bourne’ screenwriter Tony Gilroy. When a feud between two pharmaceutical giants threatens to tip over into outright war, ex-MI5 agent Ray Koval (Clive Owen) and his arch rival-cum-romantic interest, CIA counter-intelligence operative Claire Sternwick (Julia Roberts), spot a chance to strike it rich. But who’s double crossing who?

‘Duplicity’ is an enormously entertaining Hollywood escapade, cramming in enough upscale locations, narrative switchbacks and romantic intrigue to keep an audience rapt. But there’s a sneaking suspicion we’ve seen this before: James Newton Howard’s overbearing beats ’n’ strings soundtrack is never more than David Holmes-lite, while both Owen and Roberts seem a little too at ease in this polished world of power suits and snappy repartee.

Gilroy directs with panache, drip-feeding plot details until the big picture emerges. It’s hardly a surprise when it does – this is the sort of film you’re obliged to second guess – but getting there is half the fun. The tension is expertly maintained, wringing maximum suspense out of the most mundane details (including, at one point, a nailbiting hunt for a photocopier). A shame, then, that Gilroy couldn’t have found a way to make us care about these characters: both the leads are so guarded and manipulative, they leave a gaping emotional hole where the heart of this otherwise excellent comic caper ought to be.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Mar 20, 2009

Duration:

124 mins

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rs

Awful. No one notices the clanger however. The two leads are spurious to the whole plot/twist! Tulley ALREADY had a mole that could have leaked the fake formula to giamattis character. As such every single extra bit of the film made no sense and was a waste of time. Ridiculous!

Bob

Trot-em-out twisty turny who's pullin whose chain kinda caper with tedious Clive Owen bearly holding interest and Julia Roberts sleep walking, but this isn't about character. All the fun of a guessing game, nicely handled and paced. Enjoyed it, against the odds.

ronny

After watching it all the way through on second attempt, I had to add a comment somewhere venting my absolute dismay at the worst film i have probably seen.

Justin Berkovi

A dreadful film and I cannot for the life of me wonder why the Time Out reviewer has even bothered to post a serious review of such utter shit. Terrible, hugely disappointing. Again Owen proves he's a pretty lousy AND lazy actor with the same lazy acting in all his recent films. It just doesn't work and the music is also so annoying I felt like smashing up my bluray player.

Richard

I gave up after about 15 minutes as it didn't seem to be going anywhere. It seemed confused from the beginning and Julia Roberts and Clive Owen seemed to be just going through the motions.

juliana

worst movie ever! it was a disaster.. I couldn't believe that i fell asleep 20 mins into the film it was dreadful .. people were walking out cos they were angry.. i managed to sleep all the way through.. good movie for people suffering from insomnia :) they will be cured from their sleep disturbance

Gerald

It was less like a film than an extremely long, mildly interesting lecture with a few routine presentations thrown in to keep us going. Saw it in France. Overheard comments included "Il n'y a pas d'action!" and, at the end, "Je n'ai rien compris!" Dead right!!!!

Liz

Unbelievably bad! I was really looking forward to this - I love both Julia Roberts and Clive Owen but there was absolutely no spark in either of them and no chemistry between them either. Plot was dreary, unnecessarily complicated and trying to be far too clever. But in fact - a movie about pizza toppings, hair shampoo and corporate theft? No thanks!

Max

Ugh, just..just awful really, the plot was only slightly confuzing, but it just wasnt gripping at any part. I didt like te strange panning shot and slowed down moments. Left after 45 mins because it just wasnt worth staying, just dont watch it :) btw- calling it a spyfilm is an insult, i saw no guns and very little side boob :)

frans

This is definitely one of the WORST movies that I have ever seen. The plot is REALLY STUPID - the one shampoo company spying upon the other as if they are the CIA - completely dumb. The action is SLOW, the flashbacks INCOMPREHENSIBLE. So stay home and watch a dvd instead !

wraight

Sorry Jasmine but the plot was dumb. The problem wasn't that people couldn't understand it. They could, but no-one cared. The characters were one dimesional and unconvincing, and I don't think anyone finds simple, silly tales about corporate greed amusing any more.

Jasmine

Wow! So when people complain about films these days being too dumb for the audience they were really wrong, eh? Maybe you all should watch films like 'Paul Blart, Mall Cop'. I saw Duplicity last night and it was fun! It's about a couple of former spies now working corporate in hopes to dupe corporations so that they can sell secrets to the highest bidder. They did this by pretending they're rivals. In the end, they were the ones who ended up being duped. SIMPLE.

Jasmine

Wow! So when people complain about films these days being too dumb for the audience they were really wrong, eh? Maybe you all should watch films like 'Paul Blart, Mall Cop'. I saw Duplicity last night and it was fun! It's about a couple of former spies now working corporate in hopes to dupe corporations so that they can sell secrets to the highest bidder. They did this by pretending they're rivals. In the end, they were the ones who ended up being duped. SIMPLE.

wraight

Hatred the plot, hated the characters, hated the message, hated myself for going. Could not even laugh at teh cheesy bits.

marilyn french

Well what can I say, my friend and I spent most of the film looking at each other in utter bemusement wondering when we were going to get the plot, at one point I thought I had it! thought they had swopped the formula for the amazing pizza!!! Ah well was good to see the gorgeous Clive Owen in larger than life size!!! Julie Roberts sadly has passed her sell by date should stay home and watch the kids!!

Bob Checkley

I agree with the majority who have reviewed this film my wife and i were totally onfused with this film we had no idea what was going on even being told by the theatre worker that it would all come together at the end not really came away wishing i had never spent the money to see it worth amiss.

Mick A

Once again Time Out is wrong and the public is spot on. I like Clive Owen and caper movies - the twistier the plot the better. But this plot has more holes than a Swiss cheese. If I can see the "twist" fifteen minutes before the end it really isn't much of a twist. Two stars is about right as it isn't the usual Hollywood shlock but there are much better movies out there.

Pam Haybittle

A very confusing movie too many twists and turns I did stay to the bitter end. A waste of some really good actors. Michael Clayton was far superior. Duplicity was over egged At one stage when Clive Owen was discussing the merits of the latest pizzas to hit the market I don't know how he kept a straight face

si mcleod

What a waste of time.... This film was just a confused jumbled mess. One guy was snoring behind me after 15 mins...my girlfriend followed suite about 45 mins after. We ended up walking out, only the second film i have walked out on (the village was the 1st if your wondering). Avoid at all costs!!

Dolly kp

Is it really this bad?? I really like her aswell!! was gonna go see it tonight- but maybe not??

Simon Wood

Half the audience walking out after 30 mins says it all really. I unfortunatley stayed to the bitter end and wished I'd got up and walked out sooner.

usman khawaja

julia roberts looks too old and and the movie is confusing and switching back and forth in time to make up for the errors in the script itself . the two main leads are adequate but it is only some interesting banter which does not compensate for the major problem with the narrative . micheal clayton was a very superior movie compared to this both as a thriller and drama and any comparisons to that are redundant as also there is no chemistry between owen and roberts which seems to be the main reason this got produced . a rather wasted intrigue with a dubious plot . --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Shane Dillon

Having seen this film on its London premiere I disagree with the above review. Aside from an interesting opening scene the film is largely empty. More of a calender less of a film. The soundtrack, bless it, tries hard to inject some pace into a mundane plot containing wooden characters. Be amazed by Clive Owen trying to be Harry Palmer, he is no Caine. Roberts, oh dear, boring, just boring.