DuplicityMarch 20, 2009
A pair of corporate spies who share a steamy past hook up to pull off the ultimate con job on their respective bosses.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 6.2/10 (27,698 voted)
Critic's Score: 69/100
Stars: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson
Ray works for MI6, Claire for the CIA. She burns him in Dubai. Jump ahead five years: he sees her in Grand Central and confronts her. Both now work in industrial security for corporate giants whose CEOs hate each other. Flashbacks fill us in: is it coincidence that he sees her in Grand Central? In about a week, one of the firms is going to announce a revolutionary product. Under the guise of helping that corporation's rival, can Ray and Claire work their own theft and find an independent buyer? To work together, using the corporate rivalry to their advantage, they would have to trust one another – difficult, if not impossible. Or, is one playing the other?
Lisa Roberts Gillan
(as Lisa Roberts Gillan)
(as Oleg Stefan)
(as Tom McCarthy)
Outwit. Outspy. Outsmart. Outplay. Then get out.
Release Date: 20 March 2009
Filming Locations: Atlantis Casino, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $13,965,110
(22 March 2009)
(24 May 2009)
Did You Know?
The character of Claire Stenwick is named for classic-era movie actress Barbara Stanwyck.
In the scene when Ray and Claire are in bed at the Italian hotel, the position of Claire's hair changes between cuts when she is lying on the pillow (ear exposed/not).
This wasn't an accident, was it? Being here. Meeting like this. You came looking for me, didn't you?
You'd like that, wouldn't you?
I'm right, though, aren't I?
Because you went looking for me, right?
But why? Just for this?
Isn't that enough?
Not for you.
enjoyable yet confounding
As with any spy film, a certain amount of complexity in the script is
to be expected. However this spy film adds on plot twists, flash backs,
back stabbing and double agents with so much frequency that it left me
scratching my head by its end. As an on screen team Julia Roberts and
Clive Owen work well together but even their performances were drowned
out by the sheer complexity of the script. There are also welcome
surprises from the supporting cast, each of whom seemed to have their
fair share of witty dialogue. Ultimately the movie is less about a
romance between rival spies, and is more about keeping its audience
wondering just how the plot can twist next. As the final credits role
one looming question remains: "What happened here?" even complex spy
thrillers such as "Mission Impossible" had some kind of wrap up at its
end that cleared up any lingering doubt or questions and we were
happier for it. 'Duplicity' is a fun little spy film, with some fine
performances by Roberts and Owen and plenty of well written dialogue,
but it is brought down by the overly complex plot and I fear will leave
even fans of the genre feeling slightly numb when the credits role.