The Devil's Double 2011

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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.

Starring:
Nasser Memarzia, Dar Salim
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Starring Nasser Memarzia, Dar Salim, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Dominic Cooper, Pano Masti, Khalid Laith, Mem Ferda
Director Lee Tamahori
Genres Drama, Historical, Thriller
Studio ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 26 December 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Starring Nasser Memarzia, Dar Salim, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Dominic Cooper, Pano Masti, Khalid Laith, Mem Ferda
Director Lee Tamahori
Genres Drama, Historical, Thriller
Studio ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 26 December 2011
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
The Devil's Double is the story of the fedai (body double) of Udai Hussein. Set in the late 80's to early 90's - Latif (Dominic Cooper - The History Boys) is chosen as the best and coerced into a life of living as Udai's brother. Surrounded by the extravagant palaces and trappings of wealth afforded to Udai, he sees the sickening hypocrisy in the dictator's oil-rich Iraq as Udai parties with prostitutes and dabbles in drink & drugs. He has an unbelievable air of entitlement; as he snatches schoolgirls off the street to have his way with and makes his double, Latif, deal with the unpleasant side of compensating & placating the parents of his victims... Will Latif ever manage to escape this life of servitude?

The Devil's Double is an extremely interesting film that is quite unlike anything being released at the moment. It's portrayal of Udai is questionable but questionable veracity aside; Cooper's performance is fantastic as he alternates between the highly-strung playboy Udai and the more tolerant & benevolent Latif with seeming ease. The CGI is decent, with only a couple of scenes with the both of them on screen being dubious. Cooper is supported by a worthy cast, including the love interest Sarrab (played by Ludivine Sagnier) and the picturesque surrounds of Baghdad make an eye-meltingly beautiful setting.

Extras: Includes an audio commentary with director Lee Tamahori and 3 featurettes True Crime Family, Double Down with Dominic Cooper & The Real Devil's Double. The star of which is the last one, where we actually get to meet the man the story is based on.

In conclusion, a fantastic film set in the middle-east about truly unique subject material. Feels a little short on story at one or two points, but most definitely worthy of your time!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. on 18 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darcy on 23 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
Dominic Cooper does for this film what Val Kilmer did for The Doors, what Forest Whitaker did for the Last King of Scotland and what Jamie Foxx did for Ray. An outstanding performance from Cooper, as he is the last person you would imagine to play the part of Uday Hussain, the crazy, psychotic son of his equally fanatical father Sadam, yet he manages to pull it off brilliantly.

The film centres on Latif Bahia, who is unlucky enough to look like Uday and is therefore hired to become his double. He witnesses barbaric crimes committed by Uday and endures humiliation upon humiliation, but in order to protect his loved ones... he remains loyal to his employer.

Yet as the French say, behind the break-up of a friendship between two men is usually a woman and that is exactly what it takes for Latif to sum up the courage to take his destiny into his own hands.

A gripping true story, which no doubt will catapult Cooper into the big league, yet whether he manages to find more juicy roles like this is another story!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 25 Feb. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
A lot of negative reactions about this film might have overlooked the message that the marketing is trying to portray: - this is intended to be a fantasy depiction of Uday Hussein as a modern day 'Scarface', not an accurate retelling of history.
As such, Dominic Cooper upholds the dual roles at the centre of the story with admirable talent. He plays Uday as a goofy, psychotic slimeball whose sexual violence is given free reign by being in a position of too much power. He plays our 'hero' Latif as a serious, scornful man who has been forced into undergoing surgery to be Uday's double under threat of losing his family. At times, Latif is a little too much the serious, downbeat straight arrow to be a sympathetic lead, and the sequences near the end where he becomes more of an action hero smack of fantasy wish fulfillment. However, director Lee Tamahori manages to make the majority of the film a nervewracking (if 'embellished') insight into the old Iraq, showing the risks of death or torture for those who opposed the slightest wishes of a figure who was acting like a power-crazed adolescent in a man's body. There is also an enjoyable sense of tension in the moments when Latif needs to pass as Uday under higher stakes.
A catalogue of visually stunning wealthy (especially on Blu-Ray - the set design is extraordinary), debauchery, violence and conflicting moral points of view. It's just unusual enough to stand out, and just 'mainstream' enough to make for saturday night viewing with a beer. A clever balancing act that's likely to satisfy most viewers except those who want a better sense of authenticity.
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