Plot: What’s it about?
Daryl Chase (Orlando Jones) is an up and coming Wall Street banker. His Harvard education has made him wealthy and one of the top dogs of the bank in which he works. He is thought of as a son by the CEO (Edward Hermann) and things really seem to be going great. To quote Daryl himself “Nothing can stop me now…” Of course, that’s before he literally runs into Freddie Tiffany (Eddie Griffin). You see, there has been a deposit of $106 million dollars into the bank and even for a New York bank–that’s a lot of money! A Mexican company has made the deposit, only something seems fishy about the whole thing. And this is where things start to go wrong for Daryl. Daryl has a girlfriend, a nice apartment and all the amenities that money can buy, but what he doesn’t know is that he’ll be running for his life in a matter of hours. Freddie, at first glance, appears to be just another guy on the street, but he has helped Daryl from being mugged. It’s only minutes after this happens, though, that Daryl finds out that Eddie and the criminal are working together. And hence is the premise for Double Take.
As the director says, Double Take is something that you do when you notice something. And it might seem a bit odd, but this is a movie you might want to watch again, as there are blatant yet not so blatant hints placed throughout the movie, as to what happens and who is actually doing what. We find Daryl and Freddie trying to trust each other and with Freddie turning up at every corner, it’s making it very hard for Daryl to run from New York. His secretary has just been killed and Daryl is now framed for murder, so he has to high tail it out of town and go to Mexico. But as with all of these “buddy” movies, Freddie finds his way and the two share some adventures on the way and in Mexico. Convinced that Freddie is conning him all along, Daryl refuses to believe that Freddie is a member of the FBI. Instead, he relies on the advice of a smooth-talking CIA agent who wants nothing more than to have Daryl turn himself in so that he can be protected. In the midst of all of this, who is it that Daryl can trust? And what exactly is it with this dog that it actually managed to grace the cover of the DVD?
While Double Take may resemble movies like Big Momma’s House and Blue Streak (both Martin Lawrence films), I found it a lot more enjoyable than I expected. I’m becoming more and more of an Orlando Jones fan, as he has the tendency to be the funniest person alive. That’s no understatement! His 7-UP commercials make me laugh out loud. Although I feel that he really had to restrain himself for this part, he does get a few chances to let loose and I think that the chemistry between him and Griffin do work well. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them in another movie together (and heck…even this film bombed at the box office, a sequel could be a possibility). Griffin pretty much does his same schtick that he did in Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, but it seemed to work for him there and it does here as well. Look for a few stars to make a cameo including Vivica A. Fox and Collen Camp. My only complaint with this movie is that it was a bit hard to follow. Yes, you read that right. It’s a comedy, but it had too many people double-crossing each other too many times. I just found it kind of hard to follow along. Maybe it’s just me. I’m no dummy, but maybe I pay too much attention to the technical aspects (of which this film excels, read below) of the film instead of concentrating on the plot. In any case, I found this film enjoyable and not nearly as offensive as you might think. It’s worth a rental, at the very least.
Video: How does it look?
From the opening scene, it was apparent that this film was going to look good. As with most day and date DVD movies, it’s kind of hard to mess up a transfer, and this is certainly no exception. The movie looked clear and clean and I couldn’t find hardly any errors to comment on. Some scenes are very black and the image had no problems replicating the image. Black levels were right on target, in fact, they were something that really stood out. The images vary widely from the gray corporate look of New York City to the brownish hues of Mexico (and this ain’t “Traffic” folks). Still, this 2.35: 1 anamorphic image is among the best I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a LOT). Reference quality.
Audio: How does it sound?
As odd as it is to say…again…from the opening scene, I chose the DTS sound. I heard something coming out of the speakers every second of the movie. Whether it was bullets, background music or just the soundtrack, it had a very rich, dynamic feel to it that left me wanting more. After I turned off the movie, I knew exactly what I was missing. While the Dolby Digital doesn’t sound quite as good as the DTS, I was still equally impressed and also pleased that Disney has put both tracks on here. Dialogue is free of any distortion and let’s just say that regardless of your opinion of the movie, you won’t be disappointed with the way it sounds. Again…reference quality.
Supplements: What are the extras?
It may not have been demanded, but we are presented with a Special Edition of Double Take. In addition to the brilliant audio and video standards that this movie sets, we also get a feature-length commentary with Director George Gallo. Gallo is very forthright in his commentary (something which we see more of in his documentary) about the movie. He had a very tight shooting schedule and knew exactly what he wanted on which day. A former writer, he seems to have made the transition to director very smoothly and it’s a very entertaining commentary. If you enjoyed the movie, then this will be right up your alley. A short featurette entitled “Clues Companion” is shown as Gallo tells you of all the blatant things in the movie that are actually clues. While I watched the movie, it was obvious that a lot of thought was put into some of these, yet I didn’t catch any (neither did the audience, evidently), but it gives the movie a “Usual Suspects” feel to it and I was anxious to go back and see the scenes that he mentioned. Now I’m calling it a documentary, but the disc labels it as a featurette. In any case the Director’s Diary runs about 30 minutes and shows production from Day 1 to the last day. Included are interviews with the stars (Orlando Jones and Eddie Griffin) and it also shows some of the stunts and special effects that were used. Interesting. A multi-angle feature for the storyboards is also used (funny how Disney seems to be one of the only studios using this feature, as it was supposed to be a real selling-point of DVD) for the storyboard to final scene comparisons. Personally, storyboards have never really done it for me, I’m more of a “final scene” guy, but if you’re unlike me, then this will suit you just fine. Lastly, some extended and deleted scenes wrap up the special features. They were shortened to make the movie faster-paced and to keep the attention, but I feel that all of them should have been included. But that’s just me. Don’t know if you want it or not, but Double Take is a fine-looking and sounding disc, so here it is. Watch it twice!