The Double (2013) 2014

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Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world.

Starring:
Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

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The Double (2013)

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Genres Drama
Director Richard Ayoade
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska
Studio STUDIOCANAL Ltd
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SCREEN77 on 31 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne N on 13 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Madison on 11 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
Where Ayoade's Submarine was drenched in French New Wave-isms, The Double has more of a hand in the surrealism of Gilliam and Jeunet, with a smattering of Wes Anderson's comic delivery. The UK favourite has grown by leaps and bounds as a director. The short version is that I enjoyed feature number two a whole load more than the fair to middling reviews it received when it was playing cinemas.

The production design of this dank dystopia is wonderfully evocative in creating an overwhelming sense of hopelessness; beautifully portrayed through a great photographic lens of Erik Wilson.

Eisenberg is brilliant in dual roles, which is an act of satire in itself. He is playing up his typecast role as the nervous guy while simultaneously getting great joy out of his duality. Wasikowska is also a predictable delight. Likewise is the way in which Ayoade has used actors he has worked with previously, Paddy Considine, Chris Morris and Chris O’Dowd are amazing in their brevity.

The script based on the Dostoevsky script is cleverly nihilistic, acerbic and delightfully weird. It plain as day why people might not engage with this after the much more populist and straight-laced Submarine, but for me this is the best film Terry Gilliam hasn’t directed with a sense of comic identity freshly informed by the directors body of work as an actor.
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By BoatDrinks on 17 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Any creative endeavour that keeps Richard Ayoade on the right side of the camera (i.e. behind it) should be wildly encouraged, so I'm flying the flag for his latest directorial effort, an adaptation of the novella by Russian scribbler Dostoyevsky. As you'll see from the other reviews on here, this film is clearly not everyone's idea of a fun night out (or in), but I found it atmospheric, darkly funny, well designed and directed, with an excellent central performance from rent-a-geek Jesse Eisenberg. Furthermore, the audience-friendly running time of ninety minutes means the movie doesn't outstay it's welcome. If you're tired of endless rom-coms/3D fantasy/sci-fi/bloodless remakes etc, you could do alot worse.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Blood on 1 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
The idea of meeting your own doppelgänger or clone has been explored in movies many times before, one of the most current being the excellent thriller "Enemy" from earlier this year. But that's certainly not the first time that the concept has been delved into with some of the more popular examples being 1988's "Dead Ringers" and the Oscar-winning "Adaptation" from 2002. Each film that has touched on the subject manages to be completely different from one another, and they all seem to have their own agendas. But a new flick that may be a bit harder to figure out is Richard Ayoade's darkly-funny "The Double".

Set in what appears to be the near future, it follows a lonely government clerk named Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) whose unpleasant life is made worse by the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite in personality. Much more confident and charismatic, he begins to take advantage of Simon and slowly take control of his life.

With an astounding performance from Eisenberg playing both of the contrasting characters (his scenes primarily consisting of lengthy monologues) the film has a sort of Hitchcockian feel to it. The cinematography is breathtaking and its style is well-refined making it easy to get yourself lost in it. Plus, due to the great supporting cast - Craig Roberts, Chris O'Dowd, and Wallace Shawn - it succeeds in providing subtly comic moments throughout.

Challenging your perception of other people and making you think deeply about what makes you unique, it's an absorbing and ultimately satisfying movie experience. It may not be for everyone, but I found "The Double" to be a nice surprise and a break from the normal.
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