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Double Take (2001) Touchstone Pictures
1 hr. 28 mins.
Starring: Eddie Griffin, Orlando Jones, Daniel Roebuck.
Directed by: George Gallo


Double Take

Rating:

  E-MAIL GIANCARLO DE LISI

Photo: Touchstone Pictures


Up and coming talent is always a good thing to see when watching a movie. Especially when the talent in question is leading the film. Yet, when the talent is involved in a colossal mess of an action buddy film involving thirteen too many 'plot' and 'character twists', uneven pacing and some bad acting - it isn't that fun to see. Hence, 'Double Take' a movie that cannot decide whether or not it wants to be next 'Rush Hour' franchise or a simply an uneven actioneer with some unfunny comedic moments.

Director George Gallo has been at the center of a couple of buddy films mainly as the writer for the action film 'Bad Boys' and 'Midnight Run' and as director for 'Trapped in Paradise'. Yet, in this film he seems to not know who is his target audience is. Is it the action driven male fan base? Or is it the teen comedy genre?

The film stars Orlando Jones (The 7-Up guy) and Eddie Griffin (best known as 'Deuce Bigalow''s pimp) as two men who switch identities to elude the CIA, FBI, NYPD, Mexico Police Force and probably any other state's law enforcement they cross. The plot seems simple and ripe with comedic elements, there is only one thing - too bad this scenario has been played over several times. Re: 'Bad Boys' (Didn't this director write it anyway?)

While the two main actors are funny as they can be (which isn't very considering the script), one of the most disturbing drawbacks is that everyone is this film is double-crossing each other. No one is who he or she seems to be. Which in a developed and interesting film would appeal to us but when it is this exaggerated manner - it simply stretches the concept of awing us into boring us.

Furthermore, while watching the film with an educated eye, one can clearly see that director George Gallo has two completely styles when shooting his comedic scenes powered by his two stand-ups turned actors and especially when the low budget action sequences take place. True - many will argue that one must go this route when making this kind of film, yet it completely shifts the movie from one pretext to another basically making the viewer feel as if the movie is starting all over again.

From the slow motion shoot 'em-ups to the unevenly paced comedic bits this film is hard to watch and leaves with you a feeling of embarrassment at times during some ridiculous scenes. In the end a disappointing film that wastes 88 minutes of your life.

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Giancarlo De Lisi
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