17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Dominic Cooper is fantastic,
This review is from: The Devil's Double [DVD] (DVD)
The Devil's Double is the story of the fedai (body double) of Udai Hussein. Set in the late 80's to early 90's - Latif (Dominic Cooper - The History Boys) is chosen as the best and coerced into a life of living as Udai's brother. Surrounded by the extravagant palaces and trappings of wealth afforded to Udai, he sees the sickening hypocrisy in the dictator's oil-rich Iraq as Udai parties with prostitutes and dabbles in drink & drugs. He has an unbelievable air of entitlement; as he snatches schoolgirls off the street to have his way with and makes his double, Latif, deal with the unpleasant side of compensating & placating the parents of his victims... Will Latif ever manage to escape this life of servitude?
The Devil's Double is an extremely interesting film that is quite unlike anything being released at the moment. It's portrayal of Udai is questionable but questionable veracity aside; Cooper's performance is fantastic as he alternates between the highly-strung playboy Udai and the more tolerant & benevolent Latif with seeming ease. The CGI is decent, with only a couple of scenes with the both of them on screen being dubious. Cooper is supported by a worthy cast, including the love interest Sarrab (played by Ludivine Sagnier) and the picturesque surrounds of Baghdad make an eye-meltingly beautiful setting.
Extras: Includes an audio commentary with director Lee Tamahori and 3 featurettes True Crime Family, Double Down with Dominic Cooper & The Real Devil's Double. The star of which is the last one, where we actually get to meet the man the story is based on.
In conclusion, a fantastic film set in the middle-east about truly unique subject material. Feels a little short on story at one or two points, but most definitely worthy of your time!