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The Double [Blu-ray] [2014]

Jesse Eisenberg , Mia Wasikowska , Richard Ayoade    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins
  • Directors: Richard Ayoade
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JE8UF72
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,502 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska star in writer/director Richard Ayoade's adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novella about a man who goes insane after the appearance of his doppelgänger. Quiet, unassuming office employee Simon (Eisenberg) goes unnoticed at work, is ridiculed by his own mother and lacks the confidence to attract the attention of his dream girl Hannah (Wasikowska). His new colleague James (Eisenberg) is Simon's double in appearance but is his exact opposite in terms of personality, being full of confidence and charisma. When James begins to take over his life, Simon's mental health becomes increasingly fragile. The cast also features Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins, Chris O'Dowd and Paddy Considine.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Double - It is all about faking it! 2 Oct 2014
I was watching The Double with my Daughter, who very soon announced that: this may have worked very well in the head of the director, but... And then she went for coffee, saying: don't stop the film, while I am in the kitchen. I dare say she changed her tune when she came back.

The film declares to be based on a novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Double, from 1846.
This novel is generally seen as the first novel with a psychological doppelganger.
Romanticism was fading, and gradually replaced by other -isms, but the motif of the doppelganger lived on. No doubt that Dostoyevsky, like so many other writers, was inspired by Jean Paul and E T A Hoffmann, both prime movers in German Romanticism, and developers of the motif of the doppelganger, the mirror motif, and the narcissos motif.

The psychological doppelganger, as a rule of thumb, is only ever seen/perceived by the poor, mentally tortured protagonist. This protagonist is more often than not a young person who is in the process of growing up.
BUT, if you are in a crisis, whatever your age, you may qualify to get a doppelganger, too!!!

Ayoade's The Double may have been released ten years' or so, before it's actual time.
I believe it will grow on me, and other filmfanciers, given time. It already has.
Watching it was a bit like reading Isak Dinesen's Seven Gothic Tales for the first time when you are fourteen years old. You are fascinated, and you feel, that there is more to it than literally meets the eye. Only later, when you have become well-read, and more grown-up, do you realize that recognizing the many mythological, religious, and literary references add to the enjoyment of the text.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, surreal and dark with great visuals. 13 Aug 2014
If you're after a story with a plot then this isn't for you as there isn't much of one really. However, where the film excels in in visual imagery and scenery for a dystopian world where nothing makes much sense. The main theme is that of a put upon genius who has no social graces or the confidence to get ahead. I couldn't quite get to grips with the meaning of the film if there was one, but I thought maybe it was about him having to create an alter ego for himself in order to get ahead and get the girl. What does hold the viewers attention however, is the acting and camera work together with, as already mentioned the visuals. There is something quite addictive about it that keeps one glued to the screen so that you don't really care too much about plot anyway. It's surreal with a strong David Lynch quality about it. I enjoyed it, but I imagine it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. If you like David Lynch films then you'll probably love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of those films that’s hard to describe 3 Oct 2014
Okay, I quite liked ‘The Double,’ but I’m not sure how many other people will. What’s it about? A man who works in a dead end office job (don’t we all?) who, for no real reason, one day finds an identical man working in the same building, only this ‘double’ is highly successful and appealing to women.

Now, whether that premise appeals to you or not is one thing. However, the way it’s filmed is also paramount as to whether you’re actually going to enjoy the film. In short: it’s a bit weird. If you’ve seen either David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’ or Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil’ then you’ll sort of know the weird vibe that this film tries to convey. It’s almost a little hard to place when and where this film is set. At times it’s like it’s supposed to be set in the nineteen fifties then suddenly they’ll use a mobile phone and remind us that it’s really present day.

Fans of Jessie Eisenberg may feel that his –central – performance is a little more ‘subdued’ than usual. But then he’s deliberately playing himself down to illustrate just how ‘low down’ the pecking order his character really is.

And it’s slow. Not in a boring kind of way, just deliberately so. The story rambles as it chooses atmosphere over action. I can see a lot of people not liking it, saying it’s simply ‘boring.’ However, it all depends on whether you like this sort of film as to whether you’re going to get anything out of it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In my top 3 for 2014 11 Aug 2014
By Madison
Having done little research on this film before seeing it, I didn't know what to expect when I walked into the cinema. This film most certainly goes into my top three films of the year though! What an experience! Perfectly suspenseful and just the right amount of enigmatic. Allusions to some of my other favourite films, such as The Apartment, just tied this beautiful film together. Expertly created and performed, you can tell you are witnessing true talent. Really really a must watch, this film will stand the test of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't Give 2 & A Half Stars 31 Aug 2014
A dark & atmospheric film that is funny in places.The setting could be now or in the not too distant future as most of the film is set at the place of work or in his/thier flat.This did remind me of Terry Gilliams "Brazil" but nowhere near as good,the mixture of old & new,the almost unreachable girl & the slight problem of red tape & following rules.
It's a good idea but not that well done,it's slow & seems to take ages to get to where Simons double enters the mix,probably because there is only just enough to hold the attention.The characters are dull & it really lacks laughs,i smiled a few times but didn't need my sides sewing up.
See all those stars on the dvd,you'd do well to ignore them,it aint that good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars BORING
What a load of rubbish!!!!!!
Published 3 days ago by Bored
3.0 out of 5 stars Did I enjoy it? In a weird way I did but ...
So Much 1984 & George Orwell in this film. Did I enjoy it? In a weird way I did but a masterpiece it ain't
Published 6 days ago by mrs a.smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic...!
Have watched some bad and boring movies but this has to be the worst. I booked it on the strength of other viewers comments BUT if you're into watching paint dry then give this... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kitti
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very boring
Published 9 days ago by richard carrington
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is absolutely fantastic, I could spend my time and your time...
This film is absolutely fantastic, I could spend my time and your time by writing many paragraphs about it, but I won't. It's brilliant. It's genius.
Published 10 days ago by Aaron Munro
3.0 out of 5 stars Well I watched it all the way through not my ...
Well I watched it all the way through not my sort of film but worth watching if nothing else to do... I AM STILL WAITING FOR AMEICAN HUSTLE WHY SUCH A WAIT?
Published 14 days ago by Laver
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing is an understatement
If you ever needed to know the description for the word 'Boring' you might just as well try The Double
Published 17 days ago by Antonella Di Franco
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Dreadful film
Published 20 days ago by sorcerer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kafkaesque Kafka oh no it's (cough) Dostoevsky innit. Very Dostey Dostoevsky
Published 22 days ago by C. J. Morrell
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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