TAGLINE: Outwit. Outspy. Outsmart. Outplay. Then get out.
PLOT: ulia Roberts working for the CIA and Clive Owen working for MI6 play competing undercover corporate high level top secret business spies who may or may not be conning each other. The movie shows us what lengths mega corporations will try and go to keep their new product information out of the hands of their competitors. The spy's in this case will not even acknowledge their relationship as a sly parallel to regular relationships. The implication here is that most people do not say or trust themselves in relationships, but as spies Julia and Clive have good reason to be wary. Multi continent travels, many plot twists and counter twists follow. The music is light locations are beautiful and evokes the Ocean's movies and fun is had by all even if you can't always follow the plot.
Closer co-stars Julia Roberts and Clive Owen reunite for Oscar-nominated director Tony Gilroys drama tracing the illicit love affair between two spies-turned-corporate operatives. The Cold War has thawed, and for CIA agents seeking to make an easy mint, the real money is in multinational corporations. CIA officer Claire Stenwick (Roberts) and Ray Koval (Owen) are both racing to secure the formula for a product that will bring untold wealth to the company that lands the patent first as the stakes begin to rise, and their passions start to flare. Meanwhile, their mutual employers, industry giant Howerd Tully (Tom Wilkinson) and trailblazing CEO Dick Garsil (Paul Giamatti) start resorting to some seriously underhanded tactics in hope of gaining an advantage over the competition. Loners by definition of their own careers, Claire and Ray engage in a series of schemes and double-crosses while contending with the fact that their mutual attraction could ultimately jeopardize their entire missions. [D-Man2010]
Clive Owen ... Ray Koval
Julia Roberts ... Claire Stenwick
Tom Wilkinson ... Howard Tully
Paul Giamatti ... Richard Garsik
Dan Daily ... Garsik's Aide
Lisa Roberts Gillan ... Tully's Assistant (as Lisa Roberts Gillan)
David Shumbris ... Turtleneck
Rick Worthy ... Dale Raimes
Oleg Shtefanko ... Boris Fetyov (as Oleg Stefan)
Denis O'Hare ... Duke Monahan
Kathleen Chalfant ... Pam Frailes
Khan Baykal ... Dinesh Patel
Thomas McCarthy ... Jeff Bauer