The Devil's Double (2011)
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Double
Despite numerous pluses - Lee Tamahori's vigorous direction, handsome cinematography, outstanding production design, an impressive dual performance by Dominic Cooper as Uday and Latif - the film is more wearying than entertaining.
I'm not sure what it all adds up to, but The Devil's Double puts its hooks in you and keeps them there.
Equally as offensive as the movie's smorgasbord of smut and violence is the lingering whiff of colonial-era orientalism, a Western predilection for regarding Eastern cultures as innately idle, lascivious, irrational, and thus ripe for intervention.
The hero of "The Devil's Double" may get upstaged by the villain, but that's not exactly bad news for star Dominic Cooper, since he plays both parts.
Audience Reviews for The Devil's Double
A lazy and terribly-directed movie that depicts Uday Hussein as a ridiculous caricature in what is a redundant story devoid of any subtlety. Besides, Dominic Cooper is such a mediocre actor, unable to lend any sort of complexity to the two identical main characters.
Although a glimpse into the decadence of the Hussein regime this bears the serious flaw of being one note. And yes, that note is loud.
An Iraqi army conscript is forced to become the body double of Saddam Hussein's psychotic son and finds himself losing his identity as he drowns in a sea of depravity and murder. There have already been a slew of projects based on the Iraq war and The Devil's Double is an interesting film in that it shows the other side of the conflict, to some extent at least. Dominic Cooper makes a decent fist of playing both the pampered, debauched and sadistic member of the Iraqi elite and his moral, working class impersonator who is appalled by the behaviour of those who rule. Sort of a bizarre cross between such diverse stories as The Prisoner Of Zenda, The Last King Of Scotland and Scarface, the excesses and violence of The Devil's Double are counterpointed by the even more bizarre fact that it is actually a true story. I think it would have been better for the greater context of the life of ordinary Iraqis of the time but it still makes for a shocking and brutal journey through the looking glass into Saddam's world.
The Devil's Double Quotes
|Latif Yahia:||You forget, I died the day I came here.|
|Uday Hussein:||My brother's, Welcome to Baghdad :)|
|Uday Hussein:||My brother's, welcome to Baghdad.|
|Uday Hussein:||Fuck! Fuck! Fuck, fuck, fuck! Fucking Kuwaitis! I fucking hate Jews, I hate horseflies and I hate fucking Persians, but I hate fucking Kuwaitis more!|
|Uday Hussein:||Ali! (tilts head towards bride)|
|Uday Hussein:||Ali! [tilts head towards bride]|
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