James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
D: Tony Gilroy
Universal/Relativity Media (Jennifer Fox & Laura Bickford)
USA 🇺🇸 2009
W: Tony Gilroy
DP: Robert Elswit
Ed: John Gilroy
Mus: James Newton Howard
Clive Owen (Ray Koval), Julia Roberts (Claire Stenwick), Tom Wilkinson (Howard Tully), Paul Giamatti (Dick Garsik)
An over-convoluted and complicated to follow spy/thriller/rom-com about two inside espionage agents with a history together.
The movie takes many twists and turns so you're constantly wondering who is double crossing who but ultimately the finale is a bit of a letdown. Also, the frequent mixing of genres is itself a red herring, making it even more difficult to follow the plot.
Despite the confusion, the acting was good, especially from Clive Owen who exudes charisma with all his performances. I'm not such a fan of Julia Roberts or her fucking teeth, but she really wasn't too bad in this.
A little bit of a disappointment, but not a bad movie. Enjoyment will ultimately decide on how much you like the two leads.