Friday, March 20, 2009
Duplicity stars Clive Owen and Julia Roberts as two corporate spies that team up to manipulate a corporate race to corner the market on a medical innovation that will result in huge profits and enable them to lead an extravagant lifestyle together. The chemistry between the two main characters is very convincing and distracts you from the plot. This is where I start to critique the film. The plot was scattered and it almost seemed as if the writers and director were scrambling to meet a deadline. Luckily, the chemistry between Owen and Roberts made you forget about the plot due to their charm on screen. Paul Giamatti plays the CEO of one of the rival companies. His performance is wacky, but yet, falls into place when he meets obstacles in the development of the product he is attempting to "create". Overall, this was a slow-moving film with some shining moments toward the end. The very end makes you scramble in your thoughts as to what just happened! It was confusing unless every minor aspect of the film was watched and dissected. 2 out of 4 stars.