THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE (2011) is an outstanding movie but don't expect, because of the title, a conventional horror story. It is a horror story all right, but it is the story of Saddam Hussein's son, Uday, who in his madness takes what he wants from life and kills at will. The movie earns an 18 Rating because of the graphic violence, sex and drugs scenes, and strong language throughout. But none of that, in my opinion, is gratuitous simply to draw the box office crowds because there is a moral in the story. It paints a hideous portrait of what can happen when the wrong people are in power and how ordinary, innocent people (man, woman, and child) suffer under their rule. There but for the grace of God...
Uday Hussain is living the life of a superstar but he needs bodyguards to protect him. Hardly surprising as he trawls the streets, pulling young girls off the pavements and doing what he wants with them back home, after which he has their bodies dumped on waste land. He wants a double. After all, his daddy, Saddam Hussein, has a double. Unfortunately for Latif Yahia he looks just like Uday after a bit of plastic surgery. And there is no escape. He cooperates or his family will die.
If Dominic Cooper doesn't get an Oscar for playing the double role of Uday and Latif, I shall be very much surprised. He played a small role in one of my favourite movies, Breakfast on Pluto.
Directed by Lee Tamahori who also worked on Die Another Day, The Edge, Along Came a Spider, and more.
How true the story is, I don't know.