Friday, August 5, 2011

The Devil's Double

The Devil's Double
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Written by: Michael Thomas

A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.

The Devil's Double is an official selection at the Sundance and the Berlin Film Festivals, and rightfully so. This film is not getting enough hype as it should be. Especially with the performance Dominic Cooper gave playing both Uday Hussein and his double Latif Yahia. Who's Dominic Cooper you ask? He very well could be your next oscar winner for best actor. He got casted in a role that every character actor dreams of. He plays both sides of the moral spectrum, from the kind and compassionate Latif to the psychotic murderer that is Uday. This is quite a change for an actor that was last seen in Captain America playing the role of Howard Stark.

The script is based off a novel written by Latif Yahia, the double of Uday. It is crazy to get this inside look at the Hussein household from his point of view. Latif is just a possession in Uday's eyes and is ordered where to go and what to say or harm will be brought to him and his family. This film keeps you on the edge of your seat weaving the storyline and actual news casts together to create one coherent story.

I have to say again that Dominic Cooper's performance was incredible. Even if you hate this film, and you won't, it's a performance you need to go see. A performance that you will appreciate. With violence, nudity, drugs, and much more this is a film you won't want to miss.

Rating: 8/10

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