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Duplicity : an iTunes movie review

As I mentioned on Twitter recently I have been sent an iPod Touch loaded with some movies to review. The films are by NBC Universal and the iPod is etched with their logo making a very cool gift to mark their entry into the iTunes store.

Another plus is the films I chose to review were also quite enjoyable so I don’t have to sugar coat anything πŸ™‚

It’s rather nice being able to watch films again, I used to watch loads but recently just haven’t had the time. Now that I have an iPod Touch of my own I can watch them on the train on the way to work. It’s not an ideal cinema experience but is considerably better than I had before – and it makes the journeys SO much more interesting.

The first I wanted to review was Duplicity. This is a film all about industrial espionage in the beauty trade. It doesn’t sound like the most exciting premise but somehow it manages to keep you guessing all the way through.

Julia Roberts and Clive Owen in Duplicity

Ever since the Final Suspects I have been on the lookout for twist endings, and often (but not always) can guess what will happen by about halfway through. That didn’t happen here – in fact there are loads of twists and altering perspectives during the film but I was able to follow the story quite easily, despite watching it across multiple train journeys, and I only worked out the ending about 5 minutes before it happened.

The stars of the piece are Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. I must admit I have never understood the appeal of Julia Roberts (but then Pretty Woman bored me) and in this I found her to be a little wooden. However I like Clive Owens work, especially in the Bourne Identity and Sin City, and stand by the fact he’d have made a good Bond, so it was good that he was here to contrast with Roberts.

Despite the nature of the film (it’s a spy flick), and despite Clive Owens involvement – there is actually pretty much no violence or adrenaline pumping action, yet it manages to pound along at a rapid pace – never slowing or giving you a chance to think.

Quality wise Duplicity looked great on the iPods tiny screen. It would have been nice if there was a 16:9 ratio version to remove the borders as the screens are quite small without them, but you sit so close to the screen it still fills much of your vision. There are a few interstitial scenes that feature small moving panels that are a little hard to make out, but the iPod Touches zoom function (double tap the screen) can help if things get too bad – it’s just a shame you can’t pan to see what’s happening at the edges.

Overall I think that Duplicity was a nice change of pace for me and an enjoyable way to spend a train journey. I would certainly consider buying more films from iTunes in the future.

Next on the list is Frost/Nixon, which is a very different film altogether.

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4 thoughts on “Duplicity : an iTunes movie review Leave a comment

  1. Duplicity, it entertained me. I watch movies for one reason only, to be entertained. So my rule for movies is this: If it entertains me then it’s a good movie, if it blows me away it’s a fantastic movie, other wise it wasn’t worth the $8 they charged me to watch it. I try to avoid belittling movies when I tell people about them, I’ll leave that to the critics.

    How do you like the iPod touch in general? Played any games on it? I currently have a Nokia N810 that I watch movies on. I find I get the best results at 24 FPS with a 560 width and 768 kbps bit rate. The image is fantastic on the little screen with those settings. I thought watching movies on that little guy would bug my eyes out, but even after a two hour movie my eyes hadn’t imploded into small black holes, so it’s all good.

    I’m with you on Julia Roberts, and what’s up with here lips? Sometimes they look like giant red clown lips, and that just creeps me out.

    I also noticed that all my comments on Binarymoon are no follows. I didn’t think all my comments have been that full of rubbish. LOL. Looking forward to your other movie reviews.

  2. Hey Steve – I agree entirely. I watch movies to be entertained as well. Generally as long as I don’t fall asleep or stop watching half way through the film jhas served it’s purpose πŸ™‚

    The iPod Touch is pretty cool. I already have a classic and that’s still my main music machine (much larger disk space) but the Touch is handy too. I like that I can quickly check emails and look up things online without having to do a full boot of the laptop.

    Watching films on them is quite pleasant as well. I used to do a lot of travelling around the country and watched films and tv on my DS which has a smaller screen and worse sound – so this is luxury in comparison.

    The nofollow thing wound me up. I should probably remove the dofollow link (at least for the time being). I removed the dofollow from the site because people kept commenting just for the links and then vanishing – and that wasn’t why I added it in the first place. I am currently redesigning the site and will re-evaluate this again when that’s completed (not long now!).

  3. I guess that’s why I like your movie reviews we kind of do the same thing. If the movie is such a dud that I fall alseep or give up in the middle, it has to be a bad film.

    When I redid the back end of my site I started using a do-follow because of your do-follow post on this site. However, do-follow is the same for me. Most people post one comment and disappear into the digital world never to be seen again. So I started a no-follow/do-follow sort of option but that is just sort of annoying.

    If you come up with a neat solution to this let me know. I would love to implement and blog about some more binarymoon ideas on my site.

    I’ve been visiting your site for years now, and it’s been a big inspiration to me. I remember when it was mostly a portfolio site with renderings of some 3D models, your games of course, and a tool or two.

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