The Devil's Double Reviews
It's very violent in parts, darkly amusing in others, but pretty weak overall. It's Cooper's performance alone that kept me interested.
it show us how the life is in other countrys beyond ours, and sometimes I feel lucky to live where I live.
the double performance from dominic cooper is simply outstanding, he makes this movie works, I´ve never seen him before in any film, but to this moment I will following him to close.
and one of the points that made me to liked so much this film was that this one it´s based on a true story.......well after seen it I made an investigation about who was "Uday ussein" and his family.
the film doesn´t show us deep territory about the war in that counrty, it feels superficiality some times but it´s still a must see.
The rest of it is a bit flat, ragged and somewhat pointless.
The Devil's Double is a sinister film which although is that and whole
lot more dark with undertones, turn's out to be a just about Good film
and one that can make you think but also fear and feel for the
characters. I watched it expecting gore and violence and yes you do get
it, but I also expected lot's of poor shooting and driving scenes of
which there are none and save's the film from a lower rating. So I
thought it was just about Good film, and here is why I thought so.
Story is firm and as I say it is dark and vicious but not ever scene is
torture and gore(although it can seem like it as in certain parts of
the film). Domonic Cooper is hard not to talk about in positive terms
but we will get to him soon, otherwise from him this film is fairly
good and the story holds up well enough to make it a good film to
watch. I particularly liked the end because there is a certain thrill
from watching well, you will see for yourself if you watch it but let
us say the ending is tense at moments.
Now to Cooper and what a performance he give's us from this, he play's
both the protagonist and antagonist and serves them up delightfully
with a kind of madness in one role and a more sophisticated turn with
the other. His accent is great and he actually looks like he is from
Iraq, let alone trying to make him look the characters. I didn't care
the supporting cast and I felt they were pretty much all stale and
although supported Cooper well no one came near to being as good as him
I think Lee Tamahori did a good job here and made the film look nice
with all that is going in it like. He used his ever present dark
directing skill to master through a story of Latif Yahia(who's
experiences are the basis of the film from his book), and bring with it
a film not afraid to be called an even higher type of 18 film and touch
the boundaries of what is right and wrong in film. The setting is
perfect and some great vehicles are seen throughout, nothing to make
the film better but a nice thing to look at mid way through the movie.
Criticisms come in the way of well unneeded violence in some parts and
stale parts in the other which obviously don't make this a bad film, it
is good I said but parts can be pointless and for too long in this
nightclubs and guards being shot, women being harassed and men
threatened, you can't help but feel they could have done something else
to freshen up the script and not just have Latif having a bad time.
Listen the film is violent no doubt, I won't spoil the death scenes but
they make you wince or look away if your of a particularly squeamish
nature but all the same it can be the darkest deaths which really bring
out a certain side of the character. I think people who enjoy dark
drama and little action may just like this, and even more so than I did
but nonetheless I feel people will dislike it and get bored with it,
but don't expect to be bored just by watching the trailer etc.
So overall a just about good film, give it a higher 7/10 and I think it was
falling maybe towards the end but just held on to it's rank here. Go
watch it and see for yourself the dark twisted mind of a man, son of a
dictator and one who is crazy and sadistic, and his doppelganger.
But for Uday's performance it was astounding compared to the hero's role but that's not bad news for Dominic since he plays both roles.