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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:
Mia Wasikowska, Jesse Eisenberg
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jesse Eisenberg, Chris O'Dowd
Director Richard Ayoade
Genres Comedy
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 4 August 2014
Main languages 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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4 of 4 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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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S Apple on 18 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
I wasn't quite sure what to make of the film. On my first viewing I was distracted and bored with the movie but I decided to give it another shot. I liked it in a peculiar way. It was very surreal, funny in places and dark. A lesson in social skills that went awry for one half of the protagonist; it is also a dark tale of ones identity being submerged in a hegemonic world to the point of non existence. It reminded me slightly of the film 1984 with humour mixed in with Terry Gilliam's Brazil. The creativity in the script and the handling of the characters' movement is brilliant not to mention the set design which is vibrant yet bleak. A very good effort.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By firehose operator on 19 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Like with many films - The Big Lebowski, Under the Skin, Punch Drunk Love - there are those who think it's genius and those who are wrong. In my opinion.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neil Lennon on 10 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Based on a novel by Dosdoevsky (apparently) this movie portrays a world reminiscent of "1984" and "Brazil", a cold sterile version of modern life where everything looks bleak and the characters all work inputting data in dull office cubicles. The main character, Simon, played by Jesse Eisenberg is a particularly washed out individual, painfully shy and without any self confidence his life is shallow and empty. Then one day a new employee starts at his office who looks exactly like him but is confident and successful. No one else seems to see the resemblance or remark on it, and this strange occurance forces Simon to reassess his own life.

Despite being an obvious loser you can't help but root for Simon as he tries to gain recognition at work and win the heart of his neighbour (played by Mia Wasikowska). Sadly though the movie is not quite as endearing as "Brazil" and I found the ending somewhat unsatisfying. Having done the groundwork of creating this interesting if quirky set up the director Richard Ayoade doesn't really do anything with it. Whether this was because he wanted to stick closely to the original novel I couldn't say, having never read it. But it seems a wasted opportunity as the performances here are all very good but it just needed something more from the director to make it stand out.
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