74) Duplicity (2009) Dir: Tony Gilroy Date Released: March 2009 Date Seen: March 21st, 2009 Rating: 3.75/5
The pleasures of writer/director Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity (2009) are simple because the story is both complex and breezy enough to be both eye-catching and genuinely well-conceived. As a smart heist comedy, it's got brains enough to be a coherent narrative in-and-of itself and unlike Gilroy’s Michael Clayton (2007), a film where politics get turned into a McGuffin for the titular, formerly apathetic protagonist’s big change-of-heart, the film’s lack of politics doesn’t matter. The many and assorted double crosses that the film revolves around are topically parodic enough and unlike Clayton, none of the characters’ define themselves by the politics of corporate deception. It’s very refreshing to see a film that doesn’t strive beyond being a intelligent bit of escapist entertainment, no matter how close it comes to being more.