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Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simons exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simons horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.

Starring:
Chris O'Dowd, Jesse Eisenberg
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DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Chris O'Dowd, Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska
Director Richard Ayoade
Genres Comedy
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 4 August 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Chris O'Dowd, Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska
Director Richard Ayoade
Genres Comedy
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 4 August 2014
Main languages English

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By bloodclay 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tord Eriksson on 14 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This movie was one of those one would like to love, but didn't. The setting is a world like "Brazil!", with a touch of Farenheit 451, about a guy nobody notices, and then an identical twin comes along that all loves.

Depressing story, and slow-paced. "Brazil!" is so much better, although it covers much of the same ground.
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Certainly a masterpiece of modern art-in-the-moving image. Strong metaphors of Orwell's 1984 environment, a Kafka-esque world and a nice simple concept that grips those who enjoy immersing themselves in thoughtful intellect. No explosions, nor computer effects (except for those shown in the in-film televisions,'cheesily' exaggerated in contrast with the reality of the starker side of this retro metropolis). If you like Brazil and the Servant, this is the film for you. If you don't, it might escape your palette. One nice touch was getting James Fox to play the Colonel; a kind link to his character in the Servant. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Some may call it slow but others may call it thoughtful...It's one of the films you love or hate...Donnie Darko...2001...The Machinist...etc...etc...

Meeting your double is weird enough but when your double is in all ways opposite to you then it's even weirder...and scarier...The double can be the guy or gal we wanna be or the guy or gal we would hate to be...Or a bit of both!

If you want to watch a film that examines the human condition in a funny (but not hilarious) a dark (but not pitch black)...a romantic...(but not Hugh Grant) way then this is the film for you...

Very nice film...Loved it...
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15 of 19 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2014
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Vaasemaas 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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