Screen Junkies » the devil’s double http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:23:54 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 LAFF Review: The Devil’s Double http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/laff-review-the-devils-double/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/laff-review-the-devils-double/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 17:23:43 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215513 An interesting twist on the crime saga/warlord genre, told through the perspective of an outsider forced to be inside.

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The Devil’s Double is one of the movies I missed at Sundance because I just couldn’t work it into my schedule. I’m glad it’s coming to the Los Angeles Film Festival, and I got a chance to screen it in advance for a preview of one of LAFF’s gala screenings.

Uday Hussein (Dominic Cooper), Saddam’s son, forces Latif (also Cooper) to be his double. Latif has to sit by while Uday relishes the violence and hedonism with which he can get away, and then pose as Uday for the more dangerous public appearances.

This is an interesting twist on the crime saga/warlord genre, told through the perspective of an outsider forced to be inside. Latif has no power to stop or even influence Uday. He’s as powerless as the subjects of Iraq.

It’s an awful world, but maybe it’s a little bit better to be inside than on the street. The film strikes a morally acceptable balance between the luxury of being a dictator’s son and the reprehensible lifestyle of those who indulge in it. It’s a pretty unstable world where you never know if you’re partying or ducking for cover.

‘Devil’s Double’ Trailer Contains Twice The Kickassitude

Of course Uday gets it from his father. Director Lee Tamahori handles Uday’s most horrible acts tastefully, but still goes there. There’s a schoolgirl and a bride so you might want to cover your eyes. Uday goes all Joe Pesci on anyone who mouths off to him.

There are a few little action scenes in there. They’re intense beats in the story, believable in the world of a volatile country but also as thrilling as Tamahori’s Bond or XXX action sequences.

The doubling of Cooper is a Winklevoss Twins-worthy effect. Some scenes where they’re both in the frame, I kept wondering, “Is that just a lookalike stand in?” because it was so seamless. Whenever it’s shot/reverse shot, over the shoulder, etc. it’s seamless. And whenever the camera is on Cooper, you know exactly which one he’s playing, always.

The Devil’s Double is a solid thriller that works on its own. The true story aspect only adds a bit of context, since most of us will remember the news coverage of Desert Storm. It’s a tough film, but since that’s the deal, it’s good that it never wusses out.

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‘Devil’s Double’ Trailer Contains Twice The Kickassitude http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/devils-double-trailer-contains-twice-the-kickassitude/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/devils-double-trailer-contains-twice-the-kickassitude/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2011 01:58:53 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=209044 Is this the real trailer for Dominic Cooper's 'The Devil's Double', or was this trailer hired by a twin trailer to pose as it in public?

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Is this the real trailer for The Devil‘s Double, or was this trailer hired by a twin trailer to pose as it in public? The answer: it’s the real trailer. The fake one has a small mole above its play button.

The above trailer for Lionsgate‘s Th Devil‘s Double kicks some serious ass. Dominic Cooper plays Saddam Hussain’s son Uday, and Latif Yahia, a lookalike he forces to be his body double. The trailer’s like a Whitman’s Sampler of Badassery: gun play, reckless abuse of power, women who will sleep with you for said power, more gun play. There’s also that mustachioed guy George W. Bush didn’t like so much. The film’s been called “Scarface of Arabia,” so if you’re ready to say As-Salamu Alaykum to Uday’s little friend, definitely check out the video.

The Devil‘s Double was directed by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day) and invades theaters July 29th.

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