Stitch and Bear

A long-running Irish blog with reviews of the best restaurants in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Some wine and cocktails thrown in for good measure!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


First of all, a big thanks to the nice folks at who provided tickets for a free screening of Duplicity this evening in the Savoy cinema, Dublin.

When two feuding corporate giants Howard Tully (Tom Wilkinson) and Dick Garsik (Paul Giamatti) collide, ex-CIA agent Claire Stenwick (Roberts) and ex-MI6 agent Ray Koval (Owen) see an opportunity to set themselves up for life. It's in their blood to always be one trick ahead, and they don't even trust each other. Yet, their personal relationship blooms and even turns to love.

This is another one of those films with double crossing, triple crossing and possibly even quadruple crossing. I'm not too sure who was crossing who by the time the film was over. Yet the pace never flagged and the chemistry between the cheeky yet broody Owen and perennial Roberts is tangible. The look is slick and stylish, helped by Owen's penchant for natty suits and thin ties.

Ultimately though the film is let down by the fact that we simply don't care about this too-cool-for-school couple. Though the ending alone is well worth the trip to the cinema. In short, it's a glamourous, reasonanly intelligent caper.

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