A thriller that takes one too many twists...

Tony Gilroy follows up Michael Clayton with a sleek, sophisticated but terminally twisty caper, starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen as mutually mistrustful ex-lovers turned industrial spies.

Gilroy’s chat-track outlines the endless script restructuring he undertook to snare viewers, but dizzying double-crosses and show-off editing have a distancing effect.

Still, the protagonists’ sexy, sarcastic sparring keeps you involved.

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