Duplicity: Movie Review

Basing it from the trailer, we see two of the hottest Hollywood, stars Julia Roberts and Clive Owen together in one film – this alone is enough for us to be excited about it. Remember the fantastic film "Michael Clayton"? We see Duplicity as a follow-up to this from Director Tony Gilroy – so we expect a well-thought of movie, with a lot of twists and continues “figuring out who the bad guy really is”. Could the movie be another masterpiece or was the bar set too high after "Michael Clayton" for Director Tony Gilroy? Find out after the jump!

Ray Koval (Clive Owen) and Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts) are both former MI6 and CIA agents (respectively). Fast forward five years, we see them both working in the corporate world, Ray working for a pharmaceutical company and Claire in the former's bitter competitor. We see Claire as the mole (the one who will leak out company classified information) for the company and Ray as her contact person. They are working together to find out the formula for a big product that Burkett & Randle (where Claire is working) is going to launch in a few days. We see a lot of flashbacks that will continuously keep you guessing who is playing who.

We can say "Duplicity" is very good - keeping you at the edge of your seat as the suspense brews. It is actually very fun, as you find yourself thinking of the outcome and as you piece together every scenario presented piece by piece literally. It shifts from scenes in the present time to flashbacks. Heck, we even found ourselves discussing after the movie on how everything came about! Hands down to both actors who did magnificent job as spy lovers, and the surprising, unexpected ending. However, we don’t recommend this film to those who watch movies to relax and just be entertained. Why? You will do a lot of thinking in this one and you need to pay close attention to what is happening so as to get the movie.

Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- very smart film, with very good script
- great acting, especially from Clive Owen who fits the cool, detective role perfectly

Why you shouldn’t watch it:
- if you don’t like movies wherein you’ll have to think in order to understand the film

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  1. I like to see Julia Roberts and Clive Owen play together in one movie, moreover this movie is funny, but I doubt if this movie can rise their big names again. Wondering when Julia can receive oscar again just like before.

  2. Hi B4M

    Certainly not in a film like this. But even with that, maybe they can use this film to up the ante for their portfolio again right?

    thanks for the comment!

  3. Hi,
    Tremendous review. I'll observe that if you truly comprehend and follow every scene, you're at major league level rocket scientist level. It is best, you realize after a bit, if you just let it all flow as long as you understand what the key characters' basic motivations are. "Who was that?" and "What's s/he mean by that?" are just too complex to deal with continuously.