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There's one word that comes to mind when watching this film: restraint. If you know anything about Uday Hussain before watching, whether it's his love of violence, rape or extravagance, you'll see this as soft. I'm aware that total precision when it comes to Uday would make this film almost unbearable to watch but, it takes major liberties when it comes to his love of violence and how he was unable to be gratified sexually if there was no blood or screaming. There aren't many people in history that are as pure evil as Uday Hussain. Dominic Cooper does a decent job with what he's given, but even with a scene where a man's gut is sliced open this movie appears to have tried hard to be as viewer friendly as possible. There's a quasi-esc love-story side-plot that has no connection to the real-life events of Latif's time as Uday's body double and doesn't add anything that makes in it necessary. The real-life story of Latif Yahia and Uday Hussain is utterly shocking and deserves all the accuracy it can get.
It illustrates how primitive and savage this culture really is. The only problem with the US intervention in the Middle East is we're still all suffering even today because of the Americans cavalier 7th cavalry attitude, charge in and ask questions later.
Ok mediocre very forgettable movie starring Dominic Cooper. The movie had some good entertaining moments but the music choices and it feels all over the place. This could've been like face off but it failed by having a scattered plot.
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.
Superb performance from Cooper
The Devil's Double is, to put it simply, uninteresting. No two ways about it, there is nothing exciting on show...absolutely nothing. It's not thrilling, it's not funny and it's not dramatic. So what's the point? Based on the true story of Latif who is chosen to be the body double of Saddam Hussein's son, Uday. Obviously, Latif does not have a choice and so he is forced to adjust to a lavish lifestyle of sex, money and power. Problem is, director Lee Tamahori really didn't fully showcase this to its maximum potential. Everything felt restrained and all too familiar. However, there were glimpses of the effects of tyranny. A rather depressing example was when Uday raped a bride in which shortly after she then committed suicide...on her wedding day. That's powerful and the shocking imagery will probably leave you terrified. That's the only time where this 'unlimited' power is fully demonstrated. Several night club scenes where we listen to 80's dance music (including Spin Me Right Round...always a classic), see naked people dance and wave some golden AK47's in the air. It's a lavish lifestyle, yes...but it's never used to enhance the story. It's just an environment to try and shock us. Dominic Cooper is the saviour, his dual performance as both Latif and Uday was electric and refreshing. A rather underrated performance of his. The supporting cast? Forgettable. Instantly. Fortunately the central performance was enough to keep me awake. Tamahori's direction was fine, nothing outstanding but he did the job well. Some of the gory scenes were a tad excessive but does highlight one point: "Don't make Uday angry, and always do what he says". Scenes where he attempts to pick up young girls for sex were unnecessary. Show it once, fine. Show it three times, not fine. We get it, Uday was an awful guy. If the scene wasn't powerful enough first time around, it's not going to be for the third time. The film is fine, it's functional and there are much worse films available. Dominic Cooper was excellent and just about saved an uninteresting film from being bad.
It was not a stolen identity, but forcibly given.
The film was based on the book of the same name that tells the true story of a young Iraqi man Latif, who was forced to body double the Saddam Hussein's playboy son, Uday. This is the reason I was not interested in this. Usually biopics are made to inspire the viewers, but there are negative films as well and this is one of those. Actually, it was not about the Saddam or his politics or his family, except Uday. So it was told from the perspective of Latif. How he suffered and fought back was the film focused on.
After watching it so delay, I think I was wrong about it. The film is for adults, but the thing is it reveals lots of dark secrets of Uday's lifestyle. Sadly the film did not cover much of the Saddam Hussein's events. The Kiwi filmmaker did his best. Dominic Cooper's performance in the dual role was the highlight. That should be the reason to watch this, because you know like me, people are turning it away once they read whose story is this. This film is here to remind us the bad history about the bad people, other than that there's nothing in it.
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.
Great depiction of the true story of Saddam Hussein's son and body double.
Whilst by no means the intense insight it promises to be, Lee Tamahori's film about Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper), an army lieutenant who is given the unenviable role as Uday Hussein's (also Cooper) body double, is consistently captivating, at least from a voyeuristic point of view. The film never really feels like Latif's story, serving more as a depiction of Uday's wicked nature, and there are some missed opportunities regarding Uday's relationship with his immediate family, though his devotion to his mother Sajida (Frida Cauchi) is hinted at. Despite its shortfalls, the performances are strong across the board (including Ludivine Sagnier and an unrecognisable Philip Quast as Saddam Hussein), and 'The Devil's Double' proves to be a worthwhile exercise into the ramifications of money, power, and excess.