Let's see.....It's smart. It's funny. It's sexy. It piles twist upon twist until the very end. And it is exactly what an escape to the movies should be. Duplicity is also one of the most entertaining films I've seen in a long time. So if director/screenwriter Tony Gilroy (who also wrote 2007's excellent "Michael Clayton" and "Bourne Ultimatum") can do it, why can't others?
Duplicity is one of those movies that draws you in and won't let you look away lest you miss yet another twist in a plot that piles one on top of the other. Julia Roberts, looking every bit of her 42 years and working it, and Clive Owens, who I can admit to having a man crush on and looks fabulous in those perfectly cut suits, have delicious chemistry. The role of suave ex-MI6 spy Ray Koval is right in Owens wheelhouse. Duplicity never panders the way the "Oceans" movies do (even though I find them quite entertaining, too). It's crisp, fast, beautifully and cleverly shot and edited with the di rigueur spy movie staples of exotic Euro locales and 5-star hotels. This is just fun stuff, and I highly recommend you taking a 2-1/2 hour vacation with Duplicity!