Oscar® winner Julia Roberts and Clive Owen reunite for “Duplicity,” from writer/director Tony Gilroy (seven-time Oscar®-nominated “Michael Clayton”).
In the film, they star as spies-turned-corporate operatives in the midst of a clandestine love affair. When they find themselves embroiled in a high-stakes espionage game, they discover the toughest part of the job is deciding how much to trust the one you love.
One of the few things this film has going it for it is the chemistry between Julia Roberts as Claire Stenwick and Clive Owen as Ray Koval. They are witty and clever with each other and although it is not clear whether each is trying to nail the other one in intelligence matters or not, things definitely spark and ignite when they are together.
However, with a plot which drags in spots and becomes so complicated in others that it is hard to know the players without a program, the film cannot seriously be considered exciting and, unfortunately and ultimately, not even entertaining.
At any rate, the movie has explicit sexual comments and very strong language and cannot be awarded our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. Give “Knowing” a try if you want to see a family-friendly film. It is currently showing at local theaters.