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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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20 of 24 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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By Zaroff on 11 April 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Having not seen Submarine, I did not measure with that particular stick. However, I do appreciate Ayoade's style of humour and in the case of The Double, so too his proportionate perspective on darkness. The choice of americans in the film gives us a strange vocal ambience, set as it is against a netherworld that is bespoke kafka-europe or orwell's dystopian milieu. The americans seem louder, dare i say brasher and bolder in extroversion when set amongst a dimly lit artificial world of an introverts nightmare. So cunningly, we have an actor playing the lead who is american yet distinctly designed by his own style, to be ill-at-ease with exuding volume or presence. He sits in his suit, rather occupying it, than dressed to impress. Yet of the excellent cinematography, I often felt some parts otherworldly Jeunet, amidst some parts a painting by Hopper. So perhaps this sensibility worked visually to marry the america with the brazil that is not gilliam's.

As to a sense of Dostoevsky, there is a faint whiff. The tale is based on his short novella but with the extraction of the russian flow, there is a hint of Gogol of course in the dark dark humour, but I did not equate this as a sum to Dostoevsky. Moreover the modern yet decrepit decadent technologies imposing upon modern man felt as not so much Brazil throughout, as 1984. The romance that could bloom with the interference or coercion of the Double, the incipient madness that seeps into the leads reality tunnel, recalled to mind The Tenant by Topor, most strongly, and of course the subsequent Polanski classic film.

Yet Ayoade has a distinct charming very british undercurrent, played with a real darkness of purpose here.
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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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