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½ January 28, 2015
Grade:Higher 7/10

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.
November 5, 2014
Expected more. Some of the acting was cheesy.
½ November 5, 2014
Am not sure if this is true events what happened in the Iraqi royal house.

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.
October 21, 2014
This is a pretty tough watch. Dominic Cooper is impressive in the dual roles of Uday Hussein and his hapless / ambitious / trapped / complicit 'double' Latif, who was press-ganged into service, but ended up getting in far too deep.

The atrocities meted out by Cooper on everyone and everything around him become almost too grotesque for words, but he sticks to his performance with striking conviction.
October 12, 2014
Disturbing. Dominic Cooper does a magnificent job in the movie
October 9, 2014
While being an intriguing story, the acting, writing and directing leave a bit to be desired. In addition, the story on which this is based is doubted by many. The violence in this movie, I believe, is necessary as this was a violent area and time, carried out by a psychopath. However, even if it is merely supposed to be based on a true story, the entire premise seems too far-fetched and unbelievable, even for something so allegedly uncivilized.
½ September 29, 2014
A very well made true to life suspense by Tamahori. With Uday Hussein's life full of controversy, Devil's Double gives more to it. Especially when Dominic Cooper gives a tremendous performance of his life.
September 16, 2014
Rough and difficult to watch at times, this film gives us a glimpse of what life was like as a Hussein in Iraq. A dark and brooding film that is a must see for history buffs.
August 18, 2014
It's just disgusting. The violence is disgusting. The script is disgusting. And the characters are not only disgusting themselves, but incredibly unlikable all across the board. Lee Tamahori has made a movie that is not only extremely inconsistent in tone, but it's also a movie that thinks far too highly of itself. It's a kaleidoscope of gratuitously gruesome and over-the-top violence, unmotivated sex and nudity, and performances that are so headache-inducing that it drags the movie down from simply a pretentious biopic to a laughably bad military thriller.
Super Reviewer
½ July 30, 2014
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.
½ July 28, 2014
Araplarda çok yayg?n olarak kullan?lan devlet adamlar?na ve yak?nlar?na dublör kullan?lmas?n? anlatan film.

Saddam Huseyin'in o?lu Uday'? ve dublörünü konu al?yor, ba?rolde Dominic Cooper resmen döktürüyor. ?ki karakter aras?nda gidi? geli?ler her ikisinin de ayr? ayr? olan özelliklerini çok iyi vurguluyor.

?zledi?im en ilginç ve dikkat çekici filmlerden mutlaka izlenmeli.
July 27, 2014
shining only from Coopers captivating dual role, this thoughtless and dull movie may entertain some viewers.
June 7, 2014
Cooper is great in the duel role but his Uday is just evil and the main reason to watch this movie.
May 12, 2014
One of the best movie i've seen in my lifetime xx excellent work xx
May 10, 2014
Completely unaware of what The Devil's Double might entail, I watched it simply because the cover looked cool.

Although an apparently biographical story, The Devil's Double doesn't go about making the film itself feel realistic because the general atmosphere of the tale and the dramatisation of events makes it feel like a formulaic political crime drama set in the middle east. And considering that the way the story plays out adheres largely to that formula, The Devil's Double does little to stand out from the crowd as entertaining.
While The Devil's Double could have been a complicated and interesting exploration of Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein and the way that they both got involved in the criminal activities in the Middle East, it is simply a middling and slowly paced film which breathes no life into its story and distorts it enough for viewers to really question its validity. I don't know that I believe half of the things that happened in The Devil's Double, but more importantly I was not entertained by them which is a serious disappointment. Whatever relevance that The Devil's Double actually had to the real world is not capitalised on and despite the potential it had to examine a complicated relationship between Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein as their activities began to impact on society, and it instead reduced itself to a series of non-compelling and repetitive dramatic scenes which had less entertainment value than the previous one. The Devil's Double started with the potential to be the slightest bit entertaining but quickly descended into a scattered film without sufficient focus on what it was doing or an interesting premise or script which shows that Lee Tamahori's once admirable talent for directing the critically acclaimed New Zealand film Once Were Warriors is no longer central in him. He doesn't have the best material to work with, but he doesn't breathe any life into the film anyway, nor does he make it stylish because despite the scenery of the film, The Devil's Double is too focused on the interior setting of various buildings which are dull and poorly lit, combined with the same basic cinematography techniques in essentially every scene. The Devil's Double is just a really boring film. I can't say that I hated it, but it was challenging to actually want to make it through to the end of the film for anything other than the lead performance of Dominic Cooper.
The only really good aspect of The Devil's Double is Dominic Cooper in the lead role.
Dominic Cooper is the only aspect of The Devil's Double which makes it a memorable feature. While the rest of the film is boring, Dominic Cooper is interesting because of the way that he takes on a dual role very well. It is never easy to play a dual role because you have to be able to play multiple characters which are separable enough so that viewers can tell them apart and truly believe that they are multiple characters. Although the plot structure makes it different to tell the characters apart constantly because they are identical, Dominic Cooper takes on the role easily. Interacting with himself as two characters, Dominic Cooper manages to easily create chemistry with himself as multiple characters very easily. And he adds a certain sense of aggressive grit to the role very easily and makes both characters seemingly organic to him. Although The Devil's Double is a boring film, it does serve as a medium for the versatile acting talents of Dominic Cooper in a lead role so it isn't all a waste.
But aside from Dominic Cooper, The Devil's Double features no memorable cast members because they simply all give routine efforts with nothing really memorable to it. They all have forgettable faces and fail to make an impact on the story, all they do is remind audiences of the dull script and the weak nature of the film.

So despite the strong dual role from Dominic Cooper, The Devil's Double is too formulaic and limited within its genre to be a memorable film and it is too slow and boring to constitute sufficient entertainment.
May 4, 2014
I hadn't rated Dominic Cooper... but now I do. Blimey, he was excellent in the dual roles and conveyed subtlety and complexity in both parts. I always wonder with supposedly true stories how much is actually true, but it is still a fantastic tale, told really well. You might even forgive the director for his god awful Bond film given how great this film is.
½ April 9, 2014
Horrible in every way. Horrible actors, pointless scenes, stupid script, retarded story
March 23, 2014
Pretty good. The storyline's pretty much what you'd expect - caught up in a life out of control, protagonist is devastated by the creeping realization that he is in hell and there's no way out, until he makes one - violence, betrayal, corruption... but what makes this really blaze is how the same guys is doing both. It's got to be one of the most intense, best double-role movies I've ever seen - and Dominic totally kills it in each role. The psycho and the savior, the pauper and the prince. Some serious talent on display here - you'll really feel them as two separate people.
½ March 22, 2014
good historical/bio-pic
March 3, 2014
Unlikely to be historically correct but Dominic Cooper put in such a powerful performance portraying both leads. The difference in character between Uday Hussein and Latif Yahia is perfectly portrayed. A gem of a find
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