Trust me, as stupid as Double Take looked, I am pleased to announce that it is much more complicated than anyone could imagine. More complicated than what I could follow. More complicated than what the scriptwriters could concoct in their heads, most likely.
Double Take, an action comedy starring Orlando Jones and Eddie Griffin, is about a banker who finds himself on the run from the law for a crime he didn't commit, and a loud-mouthed bum who tags along for the ride, trading places to save his 'friend's' life. Surprisingly, there are a million twists and turns in the hour and a half story, and maybe a few hundred too many.
Double Take is not as funny as it obviously was meant to be; some of the jokes are bland, and other times, especially during more physical situations, there isn't anything that exciting. The action isn't anything to scream about, either, although I was not expecting too much. Double Take is a comedy at the heart, and I'll treat it as such.
However, for a comedy, it is pretty complicated. Just about every character you can think isn't what he or she first appears to be, and the movie makes a point to turn these little twists into a pretty complicated plot. However, as already mentioned, the plot twists get tiresome after a while, and it seems as though by the end they are just being made for the hell of it, without any real reason, or rationality, behind them.
But, I'll admit it: Double Take was a lot better than what I expected. I really can't tell whether it's smart or stupid, but whatever it is, it is entertaining. Double Take has some pretty funny moments and some good (and confusing) plot twists. It's not the greatest of movies, but it could have been a lot worse.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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