Double Identity (2010)

Genre(s): Mystery / Thriller
First Look Studios || R - 93 minutes - $28.98 || February 23, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-02-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Dennis Dimster-Denk
Writer(s): Zvia Dimbort & Dennis Dimster-Denk
Cast: Val Kilmer, Izabella Miko


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

** This review contains spoilers, especially one for a classic movie. **

See if youíve heard this one before ó An everyday kind of man is mistaken to be a spy and must escape capture and death from all sides. It is then revealed that this secret agent he was mistaken for doesnít really exist and was only a creation to alleviate pressure off the real insider in a crime ring.

I could be mistaken, but that sounds an awfully lot like Alfred Hitchockís North by Northwest. So theyíve taken the basic plot (without giving credit), stripped it of any believable acting or wit and also gave it a forgettable and bland title in Double Identity (formerly "Fake Identity").

In any case, the movie centers on Nicholas Pinter (VAL KILMER), a man working for Doctors Beyond Borders in Eastern Europe. On the way to deliver a baby, he and the father-to-be conveniently pull over the change sides as the daddy-in-waiting was driving too erratically (I think thatís why as there was no other reason as they were still a ways off from their destination). So, the pull over when a beautiful woman, later to be revealed as Katrine (IZABELLA MIKO), comes running over and plants a passionate kiss on Pinter and asks for a ride since sheís being chased by some armed dudes (oh, by the way, Pinter doesnít take over the driving duties anyway, so why did they pull over?). And just as she entered his life, she was gone after dropping her off a couple miles away. Following me so far? I know, itís complicated.

On the way back from a successful delivery, Pinter and the new mommaís daddy are stopped at a road block and lo and behold is the big baddie (HRISTO SHOPOV) for this ďfilmĒ is there and believes he is a secret agent named John Charter who has been tailing the big baddie and his organization. After some kidnappings, double crosses, triple crosses, running, talking, etc, etc, etc the entire plot boils down to diamond smuggling and a big deal being made. Basically, itís not even worth the hellish ride...

Thereís very little here thatís redemptive aside from maybe Izabella Miko, who you may or may not remember from that 2000 guilty pleasure classic, Coyote Ugly and a couple of OK suspense sequences. Since Iím horrible at detecting bad accents and since she is from that region of the world where the movie takes place, Iíll give her the benefit of the doubt. Iím not prepared to say Miko gives some stunning performance but compared with the rest, she deserves some kind of award.

Speaking of the other cast members, Iíll skip right over the unknowns and focus squarely on Val Kilmer. Other than maybe Cuba Gooding Jr. who fell off the face of the theater screens after winning the Oscar, has there been any other actor who has fallen from grace? I guess one could argue Wesley Snipes as he had more box office successes, but Val Kilmer seems almost relegated to the direct-to-DVD realm over the past few years. Of course, other than Batman Forever and some critical and fan success with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (not to mention a minor cult following with Real Genius), Kilmer has had somewhat of an unremarkable career, not helped by some DTV flicks like Moscow Zero, Columbus Day and the semi-infamous Dead Manís Bounty in which he plays a corpse. I think he showed more emotion playing a dead guy than he did here. To be fair, heís had good turns of late with the Nicholas Cage drama Bad Lieutenant, but these are increasingly too far and between.

In Double Identity, he didnít exude any sort of emotions and since he doesnít exactly give a captivating performance, it doesnít help matters that his character is 1-dimensional as a sheet of paper. Sure, they try to add texture saying that Pinter has been separated from his wife for 3 years and wants a divorce, but really, why should we care about what happens to him? Is it because heís a selfless doctor caught up in a diamond smuggling scheme? Who gives a shit. I sure as hell didnít and neither will anyone else.

Double Identity was discreetly plagiarized by Zvia Dimbort and Dennis Dimster-Denk (who also directed) and it just shows that you can get any film financed these days, especially oneís in Eastern Europe where I presume thereís some fat tax write-off for the investors. On the plus side, at least they didnít place this movie somewhere in the United States, that is until the end where we are supposed to be in NYC and instead was filmed on some Bulgarian street. Nothing wrong with that, but it was a fitting end to an otherwise disastrous movie.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Nothing here except for some previews of other First Look releases. But honestly, do we need Kilmer or anyone else putting a happy face on this?



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Double Identity is presented with a 2.35 aspect ratio and has some pixilation as I would expect from a feature like this. Colors arenít too bad but are inconsistent. Iím not going to hammer the video on this too hard, but it is what it is.

On the audio front, the DVD comes with a standard and unremarkable Dolby Digital 5.1 track. All I can say is I could hear everything going on clearly enough, so thatís a win, even if the dynamic range isnít the best.



.::OVERALL::.

What can I say about Double Identity that I already havenít? I felt a little sorry for Val Kilmer who looked absolutely uninterested and obviously there for a quick paycheck while Izabella Miko does her best with a script ripped-off from a classic and a laughable supporting cast. This no doubt will rank right down there with Kilmerís other direct-to-video crap-fests and certainly will be a space killer at your local Wal-Mart.