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Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 2:27 p.m.

'The Double,' filmed partly in Ann Arbor, gets a cool reception

By Jenn McKee

“The Double,” filmed in Detroit and Ann Arbor in the summer of 2010, was released in New York and Los Angeles last Friday; and although this limited release means that only a small number of reviews have surfaced online— currently has 27 logged—the general consensus thus far is that the spy drama is an uninspiring hodgepodge of espionage cliches.

Directed by Michael Brandt (“3:10 to Yuma” and “Wanted”), “Double” tells the story of a retired CIA operative, played by Richard Gere, who is teamed up with a young FBI agent (Topher Grace) to solve the murder of a Senator - and the crime has all the earmarks of a Soviet assassin long-assumed to be dead.

One of “The Double”’s film shoots happened at Main and Liberty St., while others took place at U-M’s North Campus Research Complex (formerly Pfizer).

Stephen Holden of the New York Times called “The Double” “a moldy, post-cold-war spy thriller that vainly aspires to be a contemporary ‘Patriot Games,’” and The Hollywood Reporter's reviewer described it as “a barely warm dish of Cold War leftovers that shows its hand too early.

At least one reviewer, for the Huffington Post, enthused that “The Double” is “a sleek, taut spy-thriller with echoes of 'Day of the Jackal.'” Clearly, you’ll have to decide for yourself.

Here’s the trailer, but be warned: it appears to let a pretty large cat out of the bag, so if you’re sensitive to spoilers, don’t watch.

Jenn McKee is the entertainment digital journalist for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.



Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 11:57 p.m.

It looks like Ann Arbor when you get to .008....Richard Gere still looks amazing!