This is going to be one of those films that five years from now you’ll see it while you’re flipping channels and say to yourself, “oh this was a fun movie,” and leave it on. It kind of reminds me of The Italian Job that way. It’s a winning kind of movie with a mousetrap plot and some clever twists and turns along the way, and a cast that that makes it look easy.
While not quite as interesting as the T.I.J., it’s got a similar bunch of well-turned performances. Clive Owen and Julia Roberts are really fun together as the pair of former intelligence operatives (her CIA; him MI6) who, while madly in love with each other, don’t trust the other for an instant. And while they’re busy obsessing about whether or not he/she is betraying him/her … well let’s not give anything away.
Really nice performances are turned in by Tom Wilkinson and (the usually obnoxious) Paul Giamatti play the competing CEOs behind the whole caper. Great location shots in Rome, New York and other European hot spots also make it a tasty confection of a movie.