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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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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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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