Tony Gilroy has written some pretty interesting films, including The Cutting Edge, Dolores Claiborne, The Devil’s Advocate, Armageddon, the Jason Bourne films, Michael Clayton (which he also directed) and Star Wars: Rogue One.
Duplicity is all about the relationship between M16 agent Ray Koval (Clive Owen) and CIA agent Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts), whose first meeting ended with her drugging him and stealing classified documents.
Years later, Ray and Claire spend several days together at a posh hotel and discuss leaving their government jobs for work in corporate espionage, specifically cosmetics and personal hygiene. Throughout the movie, the couple remains wary of one another since they’re both experts in deception.
The film moves back and forth through time, often showing the same conversation multiple ways, all to share motivations that weren’t known the first time you heard the same dialogue.
Beyond Roberts and Owen, Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), Paul Giamatti, Christopher Denham (Argo) and Happy Anderson (Bright, Mindhunter) all appear.
If you like twists and turns, as well as inter-company intrigue, this is the movie for you.
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