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The Double (2013) 2014 Subtitles

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Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world.

Starring:
Jesse Eisenberg,Mia Wasikowska
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Richard Ayoade
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska
Studio STUDIOCANAL Ltd
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Droog on 5 April 2015
Format: Amazon Instant Video
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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24 of 28 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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13 of 16 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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4 of 5 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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