Poor film, but Dominic Cooper just about lifts it out of mediocrity
- The Devil's Double review by RP
Set in Iraq at the height of Saddam Hussein's regime in the late 1980s / early 1990s and his invasion of Kuwait, the film tells the (supposedly fact based) tale of Latif Yahia, who claims to have acted as the body double for Uday Hussein, Saddam Hussein's psychopathic eldest son.
The storyline (such as it is) covers the selection of Latif, his coercion into the role by violence and threats of torture to his family, his observation of the debauched, power crazed, drug-fuelled, sadistic, violent life of Uday, his affair with Uday's woman, his escape from Iraq and his return for a failed assassination attempt. Lots of violence, lots of f-ing and blinding, assorted crudity and nudity. Err, that's it.
Frankly, it's a poor film which is lifted out of mediocrity by the central acting role of Brit actor Dominic Cooper who plays both Latif and Uday. My criticism here is that he plays Uday in such an over-the-top manner that, whether or not he was like this in reality, it seems unrealistic. It does however provide an atmosphere of smouldering violence and unpredictability bordering on insanity that may be true to life.
None (?) of the women shown appears Iraqi - indeed, the country appears to be populated entirely by Westerners, all speaking English with a bogus middle eastern accent.
I'll give it 2/5 stars.
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Shallow and dull
- The Devil's Double review by Tim from London
An exceptional performance from Dominic Cooper fails to save this disappointing film. It glories in the horrors of the Saddam regime while pretending to disapprove. None of the characters are developed and remain one dimensional. In particular Sadam and the girlfriend are dreadful. Consequently the film is under developed, becomes very dull and predictable, and has nothing whatsoever to say about for example the nature of evil or the Iraq regime. I dread to think what it would have been like without the fine central performance from Cooper.
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