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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
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Double (2013)

Product Details

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
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

Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 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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11 of 12 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 3 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
Okay, I quite liked ‘The Double,’ but I’m not sure how many other people will. What’s it about? A man who works in a dead end office job (don’t we all?) who, for no real reason, one day finds an identical man working in the same building, only this ‘double’ is highly successful and appealing to women.

Now, whether that premise appeals to you or not is one thing. However, the way it’s filmed is also paramount as to whether you’re actually going to enjoy the film. In short: it’s a bit weird. If you’ve seen either David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’ or Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil’ then you’ll sort of know the weird vibe that this film tries to convey. It’s almost a little hard to place when and where this film is set. At times it’s like it’s supposed to be set in the nineteen fifties then suddenly they’ll use a mobile phone and remind us that it’s really present day.

Fans of Jessie Eisenberg may feel that his –central – performance is a little more ‘subdued’ than usual. But then he’s deliberately playing himself down to illustrate just how ‘low down’ the pecking order his character really is.

And it’s slow. Not in a boring kind of way, just deliberately so. The story rambles as it chooses atmosphere over action. I can see a lot of people not liking it, saying it’s simply ‘boring.’ However, it all depends on whether you like this sort of film as to whether you’re going to get anything out of it.
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7 of 8 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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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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