The Devil's Double Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.