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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

The Double (2013)

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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 23 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ricoh on 16 Dec. 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
This was so much not my type of film, but I actually found myself enjoying it. There are some subtle comedy moments, and some intense personal interactions. I never really got the story, but created in my mind what I thought was going on. I thought it was quite tense and more than a little bit disturbing. It wont be everybody's type of film, but it surprised me, and I have seen an awful lot worse.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 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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16 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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17 of 21 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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