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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2.8 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 May 2014
Format: DVD
Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is a rather pathetic introvert. He is "lonely, lost, and invisible" living in a fictional society that could pass for a set on "Eraser Head." Hanna (Mia Wasikowska) works at the same place as Simon and has similar issues of identity. Then along comes James Simon, an individual who looks identical to Simon James except he has personality. He pole vaults to the top of the corporation without knowing what they do.

The film is clearly symbolic and metaphorical, but of what, I am uncertain. One line from the film "giving faceless people immortality" almost seems like a reference to Internet social media such as Facebook. The film is based on a Russian novella by the same name. I have stopped reading Russian novels because there is so much packed into them, they make my head explode.

The novella itself doesn't offer an explanation, although three have been offered by critics:

1) Main character is insane

2) Author is insane

3)'The human will in its search for total freedom of expression becomes a self-destructive impulse.’"

The film was well done as it captured a mood and allowed the viewer to assign their own significance to it. However, this is clearly not a film for everyone. Those who don't like films with massive amounts of symbolism to the point the linear plot doesn't make any sense, need to avoid this one. Dostoyevsky fans are welcomed.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity 3 1/2 stars
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11 of 12 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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14 of 16 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bodil Marie Srensen on 2 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lyates on 30 Sep 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Extremely and blackly funny; intelligent and meticulously crafted (see deleted scenes for the deliberate sheering of obvious exposition); another perfectly realised comic fragment from Richard Ayoade.
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Format: Blu-ray
This is an interesting (and seemingly divisive) take on Dostoyevsky's tale. I thought it was enjoyable for the most part with some amusing observations but it doesn't necessarily make a great deal of sense if you're looking for a more straight forward linear storyline.

Jesse Eisenberg carries things nicely enough in the kind of role you've probably seen him play a few times before. His existence is turned upside down when a mysterious (and forever unexplained) doppelgänger appears at his place of work and sets about taking over his life (kind of).

The double himself is a more confident, charismatic character and Eisenberg plays up the differences well to create a couple of distinct roles. Mia Wasikowska provides the love interest and the odd familiar face from British TV pops up for an amusing cameo.

There's not much more to it really - it's a slow, thoughtful, eccentric piece which doesn't necessarily provide many answers as to what's really going on. The film is set in an unknown time and place, seemingly in some kind of dystopian nightmare. It reminded me most of Terry Gilliams Brazil and a little bit of early David Lynch so if you're into those you might get more of a kick out of it.
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