The Double (BLU-RAY)

The Double

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Running Time: 
92 minutes
Did you know:

Castle's Stana Katic appears in the film as a Russian prostitue.

The writers of 3:10 To Yuma and Wanted bring you a spy thriller starring Richard Gere (Internal Affairs) and Topher Grace (Spiderman 3), two men on the hunt for a Russian assassin named Cassius. Gere plays Paul Sheperdson, a retired CIA agent who made his life chasing down Cassius and the men he’d trained. Topher Grace plays Ben Geary, a young FBI Agent who is obsessed with Cassius and will do whatever it takes to find him and put him away for good. Working together the two men are at odds. Sheperdson knows what Cassius is capable of. He wouldn’t think twice about killing the young FBI agent and his family. Geary is too driven to worry about it. Can they catch the assassin or will one or both lose their lives in the process?  

The Double was panned by most critics, I understand why. I think it’s important to know this going in so that you can lower your expectations and enjoy what there is about the film that’s worth enjoying. The cat and mouse games involved, the story (no matter how convoluted it can get) unfolding, and the little twists that you can either shake your head at or except. I was able to enjoy the film. I didn’t think it will ever be considered as one of my all time favorite spy thrillers but it kept you captivated in a kind of popcorn fluff type of way. Love it or hate it the film simply is what it is. Could have used better execution but not as terrible as has been reported.

Despite this film coming in way under the radar the BD transfer is very close to excellent. Black levels, for the most part, are very deep and solid. Not sure why but in most scenes black levels have no issue but sometimes suffer due to haloing in some scenes as well as texture (see Geary’s car in most night shots). There are some small instances of scenes going soft, mostly wide out exterior shots, but the film manages to sustain as close to excellent as you could want. Audio is available in a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that could be better. Immersion is actually pretty fantastic. There were a few scenes where I was surprised, okay it scared me, when voices and sounds came ricocheting across my sound sphere from side and back speakers. Unfortunately volume levels are inconsistent and I had to up the volume to hear dialogue then find myself bombarded by the films soundtrack or other ambient sounds and had to lower the volume.

~Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Michael Brandt & Writer/ Director Derek Haas.


AJ Garcia
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