Double Identity (2008/aka Fake Identity/First
C Sound: C+ Extras: D Film: C-
Val Kilmer. When people say he has been
difficult, it has usually been in the service of trying to get something done
well. It is too bad a recent appearance
on the hit TV show Numb3rs did not
become a regular role for him, but the long line of projects that have gone
right to DVD. Even in them, he is giving
his best efforts, but that was not enough save Dennis Dimster’s formulaic Double Identity (2008) from falling
into a clichéd thriller rut.
plays Dr. Nicholas Pinter, part of the Doctors Beyond Borders organization, but
he gets caught up in a Russian Mob fiasco.
Before things get worse, they get confusing when the British Secret
Service gets involved and in the middle is the beautiful Katrine (Izabella Miko
of Flakes and the Clash Of The Titans remake) and they
run off together. Of course, everyone is
out to find them.
co-wrote the screenplay with Ziva Dimbort and though they seem to be trying to
make this work, they do not seem to know where to go with this. That is a shame, because they have got good
leads and decent supporting actors. Locations
are not bad either. It is just we have
seen this all before and if Eastern Europe did
not work for Kilmer in The Saint
(and it did not), it was not going to work here.
enhanced 2.35 X 1 is much softer and Video Black poor than I would have liked
or expected, even though some of this is from stylizing the image down. That was a mistake in the long run, adding
visual clichés into the mix and hurting the location shoot. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is better, yet does
not have a great soundfield and dialogue recording can be weak and even
distorted at times. There are some
previews for other First Look titles, but no real extras.
- Nicholas Sheffo