Last night was girls' night at the movies as edunny and I went to the cinema to see Duplicity. (Stu, being skeptical about the romantic comedy element of the film and otherwise engaged with a meeting anyway, gave it a miss to his detriment.) Both edunny and I being long-time Julia Roberts fans, we were keen to see the starlet's much feted return to the big screen after a few years of momming it. (And I'm not going to lie to you, Clive Owen's dark good looks certainly didn't hurt either - I saw one article where the two romantic leads were referred to as 'on screen eye candy'!) The film also features great contributions from character actors Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti who is most memorable to me from Sideways.
Anyway, all that to say that this slick story of CIA (Roberts) and MI6 (Owen) agents who get involved in intelligence for private companies treated us to a fast moving and entertaining film. It was one of those twisty plots where we didn't really know what was going on for most of the movie, but in a way that kept us paying attention and engaged rather than frustrated. Roberts and Owen's relationship and their difficulties trusting each other which is expressed in almost 1940s style sparring dialogue also plays a big part.
After watching the tale of corporate espionage, we commented to each other that it was pleasingly kindof like a Bourne movie without all the covert killing. I was interested but not surprised then today to read a couple of reviews that identified the director as Tony Gilroy who is responsible for the Bourne Trilogy and Michael Clayton (which I loved and not entirely because of the George Clooney factor!) There is also a definite parallel to be drawn with Oceans 11 in terms of music, tone and pace of dialogue. Is it okay to describe it as a quick, light thriller?