The Double (2014)
Critic Consensus: Hauntingly bleak and thrillingly ambitious, The Double offers Jesse Eisenberg a pair of compelling roles while reaffirming writer-director Richard Ayoade's remarkable talent.
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Critic Reviews for The Double
The film's bleakness is almost satirical. It's Brazil drained of the daydreams.
The Double invites second looks and close examination. As Simon finds when peering into mirrors, what we see is often unexpected.
The Double doesn't get very deep, but it does get interesting.
"The Double" has a theatrical, self-conscious quality to it; the performances feel stagy and its production design looks like a grimly monotone Wes Anderson movie.
"The Double" is a striking piece of work, but it's nostalgic for a kind of paranoia that may no longer exist. There are different things to frighten us now.
Audience Reviews for The Double
No better pairing could exist than having an adaptation of Dostoyevsky directed by Richard Ayoade. One is absurdist and nearly dystopian, the other whimsical in a deliberate way. With grim settings, on edge characters, and a premise that belies logic for a sense of anonymity, "The Double" is a weird, wondrous ride through the mind of an invisible cog in a strange machine. Featuring Eisenberg in dual roles, he is both uncouth and barely audible, shamelessly self-promoting and irresponsibly obtuse. Other great performances come from Wallace Shawn as a near sighted boss, Mia Wasikowska as the love interest, and Cathy Moriarty in a great cameo as a waitress. Though much of this is engrossing, I would say the level of thoughtfulness sometimes overshadows the action, as it feels like a calculated thought experiment, more than a plot driven farce. What makes this film an interesting watch is the palpable tension between what's real and what's not, what's fair and what's not. It's outrageous in its simplicity, and depressing in its realism. Highly recommended for those with a quirky sense of humor, a love of the absurd, and a need for something intellectually stimulating.
Pretty yawn-inducing till it's halfway through, then gets a bit interesting for a while before it finally loses the steam again.
A creepy dark, unique thriller that teases the senses but ultimately falls flat. It's like marmite you'll either love it or hate it!
The Double Quotes
|Janitor:||Where you going?|
|Simon James/James Simon:||Fuck off!|
|Janitor:||Oh hey, James|
|Hannah:||You probably think I should be thankful that you took me to the hospital, but I'm not. I wanted to die and now I'm afraid I won't have the courage to try again. Do you wanna know what I think? I think that you should kill yourself. I promise I won't try to stop you halfway through.|
|Simon James/James Simon:||I don't know how to be myself. It's like I'm permanently outside myself. Like, like you could push your hands straight through me if you wanted to. And I can see the type of man I want to be versus the type of man I actually am and I know that I'm doing it but I'm incapable of what needs to be done. I'm like Pinocchio, a wooden boy. Not a real boy. And it kills me.|
|James Simon:||You can't be doing anything gay. No ice cream cones.|
|Simon James:||But I like ice cream.|
|James Simon:||Of course you do, it's delicious. Ice cream is fine in a cup, but in a cone it's gay, unless you're with a woman at the time.|
|Simon James:||Anything else?|
|James Simon:||Riding in a motorcicle with another man. The only exceptions are: drive-by shootings, bomb-throwings and purse snatchings. Anything else is gay.|
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