How well do you trust your spouse, partner, and/or significant other? Do you feel that they are truthful with you? Do they have the confidence that they CAN be truthful with you and it be ok? What about from your side? Are you completely honest and open? Trustworthy? In the new spy thriller Duplicity we get an interesting look at the spy game from the perspective of two lovers. A duo who are perfect at their job but lousy at nurturing a healthy relationship. Writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton/Bourne Trilogy) uses non linear time lines and back stories to create an entertaining caper where deception is business and business is booming.

Ray Koval (Clive Owen) and Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts) are corporate spies working for an egomaniacal CEO, Richard Garsik (Paul Giamatti) who wants nothing more than to ruin his main competitor, headed up by Howard Tully (Tom Wilkinson) a man just as ruthless and power hungry. Garsik learns that Tully is on the verge of going public with an amazing discovery and will not rest until he can steal it as his own. When Ray and Claire try a con within the con they have to learn to trust each other and put their past behind them. Not an easy task for either of them and they find that sex and schemes make nervous bunk mates.

Not the best film by any means and at times a bit long. The flashing back and forth in time to reveal bits of story line is fine at first but becomes a little tedious near the end. Still, I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the movie as a whole. Very well written and with actors that fit nicely in their perspective roles, Duplicity is fast, fun and sexy. I loved the cinematography and framing. The look of this movie creates a separate vibe that adds to the art. Using vast rooms with straight lines makes certain scenes look like they were set up for a portrait instead of acting. Spies always have this seductive air about them and the look of the movie enhances those traits nicely.

I felt the actors all pulled there weight. Giamatti is always spot on but never is he better than as a power hungry weasel of a CEO. I loved him in this role. Wilkinson too with his dark, quiet nature balances Giamatti’s brashness. Though different as night and day they both have the same agenda and cunning personality. This makes for two characters you enjoy watching go at each other. I was also pleased with the chemistry between Roberts and Owen. They work as lovers and as spies. There is a fiery sexual tension between them that is natural and believable. Very important to sell a film like this. Granted Roberts doesn’t work far outside her comfort box and you will see many of her past characters show up in this role. It is Julia Roberts, nothing more, nothing less.

Duplicity is rated PG-13 for language and some sexual content. The sexual content is very playful and nothing too shocking. The violence is almost non existent with not even a fist fight. The language is the biggest concern for those deciding on which family member to drag along. Many expletives thrown about in anger and frustration. Over all I give Duplicity 4 out of 5 wire taps. Other than a little lengthy, at a little over two hours, and at times repetitive I still found it to be what you go to the movies to see. Beautiful people doing exciting things we could only imagine. And it all works well together.

Matt Mungle ( (3/17/09)For additional reviews, interview clips and great DVD giveaways, visit the website”Review copyright 2009 Mungleshow Productions. Used by Permission.

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