Double Identity (2009)

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Double Identity: Directed by Dennis Dimster. With Val Kilmer, Izabella Miko, Julian Wadham, Hristo Shopov. In Sofia, Bulgaria in 1992, an American doctor takes a detour in life when he helps a mysterious woman escape from her would-be assailant and becomes a victim of mistaken identity, as seen in the Alfred Hitchcock classic North by Northwest.

“It doesnu0026#39;t seem that long ago that Val Kilmer was a big star appearing in major Hollywood movies – itu0026#39;s kind of sad to see that just about all of his recent work has been for the straight-to-DVD market. And in these films (and this one), he appears to have put on some weight, looking somewhat puffy and tired. Actually, aside from that, he doesnu0026#39;t have much to be ashamed about for this particular straight-to-DVD movie. It has its faults – the story is set in 1992 for no apparent reason, Kilmeru0026#39;s character is not properly introduced, and for a thriller, the movie is surprisingly calm – it could have used with a bit more juice in its narrative and a few exciting action scenes. Still, the movie is professionally filmed, a trademark of Millennium Films/Nu Image, and itu0026#39;s nice to see one of their shot-in-Bulgaria movies actually set in Bulgaria! And while the movie could have been more engaging, it does manage to set up a mystery that keeps you watching – thereu0026#39;s never a time I could consider anywhere near boring. No, donu0026#39;t seek it out, but if it comes on TV during a slow day, you could do worse.”

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