‘The Double’ Trailer: Richard Gere Is A Bad-Ass Soviet Assassin

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

the double topher grace richard gere The Double Trailer: Richard Gere Is A Bad Ass Soviet Assassin

Screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have been responsible for thrillers both ridiculous (2 Fast 2 Furious, Wanted) and effectively gritty (3:10 to Yuma). The two have joined forces again for The Double, which also marks Brandt’s feature-length directorial debut.

So, based on the Double trailer, does the pair’s latest team effort look like a preposterous action flick – or more of a carefully constructed cat-and-mouse thriller, full of ingenious plot twists and turns?

The answer is… more the latter, actually. The Double at first sounds like your average mismatched buddy movie, with Richard Gere being the retired agent who’s called back into action and paired with newbie Topher Grace. However, it turns out the title is actually more appropriate than you might think.

Check out the film’s official synopsis below:

In “The Double”, opening in theaters on September 23, the mysterious murder of a US senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin “Cassius” forces Paul Shepherdson (Gere), a retired CIA operative, to team with rookie FBI agent, Ben Geary (Grace), to solve the crime. Having spent his career chasing Cassius, Shepherdson is convinced his nemesis is long dead, but is pushed to take on the case by his former supervisor, Tom Highland (Martin Sheen). Meanwhile, Agent Geary, who wrote his Master’s thesis on Shepherdson’s pursuit of the Soviet killer, is certain that Cassius has resurfaced. As Shepherdson and Geary work their way through crimes both past and present, they discover that Cassius may not be the person they always thought him to be, forcing both to re-examine everything and everyone around them.

It turns out The Double‘s “twist” (re: Cassius’ true identity) isn’t the big secret this summary makes it out to be, as you’ll note while watching the trailer (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:

The Double doesn’t appear to be as much a popcorn flick as last year’s thriller involving secret Soviet agents and the CIA (Salt); instead, it seems to be a bit more grounded and less concerned with elaborate stunts or Bourne Identity-style fight sequences. Gere is generally best-known for his rom-com roles, but he’s played men of action a handful of times in the past (see: First Knight, The Jackal, etc.) and he seems to do a decent job of switching between his Shepherdson and Cassius personas in the trailer footage. However, saying Gere doesn’t look as intimidating while strangling his opponents as, say, someone like Liam Neeson does, is a fair quibble.

Going off the cool-colored visuals and not-too-ridiculous tone of its trailer, The Double looks to be an overall solid, if non-remarkable, addition to the CIA thriller genre. So it could be worth checking out, when it arrives in theaters next month on September 23rd, 2011.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. looks good. do bad they gave the twist away in the trailer.

  2. Movie trailers today give too much of the plot away.

  3. Reminds me of the movie Breach a few years back.

    • Me too, Bob – minus the whole strangling people thing. 8-)

  4. Why oh why give away the major plot twist???!!!

    Stupid marketing. Just plain stupid.

  5. Richard Gere is too much of a pansy in real life for me to be able to watch this movie and take him seriously…

    • I liked him in “The Jackal” with Bruce Willis.

      • @acslaterson

        But Bruce Willis was the bad ass in that movie, not Richard Gere…

  6. You’re assuming that is the major twist. Just like most people assumed that Salt being a russian agent was the main twist given away when really that was only in the first 1/4th of the movie.

    • Only problem there is while watching Salt, I was able to predict almost ever “twist” that came after that… It was so obvious…

      • @Ross F
        Very true. Moon (with Sam Rockwell) did an excellent job of having two twist in the film and staying unpredictable through out the movie. I hope there is more to this movie but it feels as if they played there trick card a little too early.

        @Ken J
        Salt. LOL. I still laugh out loud at the thought of a 90 pound women beating grown men up with her bare hands but the movie was sadly, very predictable. It was clear as day that she didnt “really” kill the Russian President especially after that little story about the boyfriend and spiders. It just tried to take itself too serious.

        • @Ingur

          EXACTLY… I’m glad I’m not alone…

        • Im with you, maybe the name the double also implies a second twist. Like the fact hes not who the trailer says he is.

        • The problem with MOON was that the twist/twists weren’t big enough for all the build-up it got. Good movie but I liked SALT more.

  7. At first I thought it showed to much in the trailer but now I think they made the right move. A lot of people will feel its similar to Taken and brush it off as a knock off but that twist in the trailer shows the audience that it not similar and that they should go see it. I think it looks good and Geere is always effective in these kind of roles.

  8. Ok they lost me when he strangles someone in 20 seconds. It takes three to five minutes to strangle a person to death and in the trailer he magically kills someone by putting the cord around them for 10 seconds. Sorry but it doesnt work like that and if they cant get basics right what else are they going to get wrong.

    • @Aleric

      Actually, it looks like he kills them instantly with that wire… *raises eyebrow*

      • dude its fast editing for the trailer im sure the actual scene will play out differnt.

      • Actually you can use garrote wires 2 different ways. One way is to blood choke(putting pressure on the carotid artery) someone and just make them pass out. The second way is to actually sever the artery, which is what is done in the trailer(you can see blood pulling around the guys head like 10 seconds in) and also the title logo itself is seen as being cut. Also, if you know how to do it correctly you can actually make someone pass at in around 10 seconds. Our Drill Sergeants demonstrated it on each other in Basic.

  9. They gave away the plot because hes NOT cashius. Like a double twist. Betcha anything.

  10. Wow that is the worst trailer ever! They gave away too much, and I don’t just mean the whole Gere is Cassius bit. So this film is basically Gere (or his evil twin/protege) contemplating whether to kill Grace or not. Sounds dull.
    Grace looks too young and Gere looks too much like my uncle to take him seriously as an assasin.

  11. Actually, they’ve only been responsible for movies ridiculous. Their credit on Yuma was won through technicalities in the WGA’s crappy credits arbitration system. Their script for that movie was unusable, which is why Mangold and Stuart Beatty wrote a new one from scratch.

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