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Just because a movie has Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, Tom Wilkinson, and Paul Giamatti in it, doesn't mean it won't be boring.

The thing is, it may be an espionage flick (which I love), and it may have spy-thriller editing, but the script, honestly, was a bit confusing. It's the type of film that you may need to watch twice or thrice to get the true plot.

This film was written and directed by Tony Gilroy, and the screenplay was all right, since Mr. Gilroy is already a veteran screenwriter. But something was amiss, and it most probably was the directing.

A real cinematic gem is something you can appreciate the first time, and like fine wine, gets better and better the more you watch it.

And since I didn't appreciate this film the first time...I'm sorry Mr. Gilroy. But I'll give you a passing score, if just for that slow-motion fight scene between Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson in the opening credits (see pic).

*some info from IMDb
pic from zap2it.com

Duplicity. USA. 2009.

Rating: Six and a half out of ten.
Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson's fight scene: Eight out of ten.


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