Wednesday, August 26, 2009
DVD Pick: Duplicity
Julia Roberts and Clive Owen engage in Trouble in Paradise style comic one-upmanship in this fun thriller about two romantically entangled rival spies working a long con. The targets in question are two dueling drug companies fronted by explosive CEOs Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti. The film comes from writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) who has a good time playing with his spy cinema expertise (Gilroy penned the Bourne trilogy) by setting his high end protagonists on corporate wild goose chases, including a subplot about a potential frozen pizza scam. It's big stakes in surprisingly mundane surroundings and the contrast, combined with Roberts and Owen in witty banter mode, make this an enjoyable film trifle.