New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 11 - Page 89

well and his clone in Moon. There’s usually a physical division between the two brothers - bar counters, tables etc - which draws unwanted attention to the effect, and in several scenes the eye-lines don’t quite match. Hardy gives an energetic dual performance but too many scenes evoke that classic Star Trek episode in which William Shatner faced off against an evil, goateed version of himself. Writer-director Brian Helgeland is best known for penning the screenplay for L.A. Confidential, a movie that brilliantly conveyed a sense of time and place, making Los Angeles one of the film’s main characters. Sadly, this isn’t a feat repeated here; London is hidden in the background here, glimpsed through green-screen windows as a poorly rendered CG skyline, as artificial as Frasier’s Seattle. London was the center of the earth in 1966, a city at its cultural peak the way New 2015 - ISSUE 11 ARTICLES 89