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DUPLICITY

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  125 minutes, audio commentary

VIDEO:  2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English, French, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  Universal Pictures/ Relativity Media

RELEASE DATE:  8-25-2009

Two former government spies are thrust into a triple play in the world of corporate espionage between two big corporate giants Equikrom and Burkett & Randle.  Ray is working for Equikrom while Claire is working for Burkett & Randle (while working for Equikrom).  Burkett & Randle is about to roll out on a secret product that Equikrom is trying to get the goods on while Ray and Claire is trying to steal it from both of them.

 

DUPLICITY sparkles with fun and romantic interplay in this clever film from Tony Gilroy.  Clive Owen is fantastic in about any role he plays.  Julia Roberts is the actress I only like if she is given the right type of character directed by the right director.  The suspense is on the level of SNEAKERS while developing characters you love and the ones you wish you knew more about (like the bosses of each company who seem too much like ciphers).  DUPLICITY is a good contrast to the serious 1970s thriller atmosphere of MICHEAL CLAYTON.  This film is like a fun romantic caper film.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

A few previews are before the main menu.  The only extra for the film itself is and audio commentary with Writer/ Director Tony Gilroy and Editor/ Co-Producer John Gilroy.  Tony Gilroy gives a detailed look at the making of the film.   Too bad they couldn’t have included the gag reel mentioned in the audio commentary (shown at the production’s wrap party).

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  DUPLICITY is fun and clever.

 

This DVD review is (c)8-27-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com