Release Date
July 29, 2011
Director
Lee Tamahori
Screenplay
Michael Thomas
Based On The Book By
Latif Yahia
Distributed By
Lionsgate
Budget
$19.1 million
Action, Crime, Drama, Foreign, Thriller, War
Rated R for sstrong brutal bloody violence and torture, sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive language
109 minutes

The Devil’s Double

Within the last few years I developed an affection for the actress Alice Eve, mainly around the time She’s Out Of My League came out in theaters. In catching up with her filmography, I came across the film Starter for 10, a small throw-away British film starring Eve, James McAvoy, and the future Mrs. The Town, Rebecca Hall. But despite the stellar cast, there was one actor that stuck out brilliantly; Dominic Cooper. Starter for 10 was nothing short of a disaster so I moved on.

When the 2009-2010 Oscar season rolled around I caught An Education and there again, in another minor role, this time beside Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper blew me away. From then on, I’ve been sold, so when Cooper started taking bigger roles, I took notice. In Captain America: The First Avenger, Cooper plays Tony Stark’s father, which is Cooper’s first big step into the American world of blockbusters. But before taking that step, he starred in a film where he not only played the main character, but played two main characters.

The Devil’s Double, which is based on the true-to-life person, Uday Hussein, Cooper plays both him and the man who is hired to be his double. The trick to this performance is that the two characters are sheer opposites. Hussein is a mad-man, determined to get anything and everything he wants, whether it be drugs, wars, or sex. His double, Latif Yahia, is introverted and steady-handed, suave and in control, even when it is apparent that he is not. Cooper commands both roles to the point where you question whether he is actually two different actors.

Aside from Cooper’s performance, the film comes off fairly original, though at second glance can be compared to thrillers like Scarface, Swordfish, and The Bourne Identity. However, for Cooper to be able to commandeer a film such as this so successfully is a perfect launching point for his career. With a story that is so unbearably disturbing and a rather sturdy set of supporting actors, The Devil’s Double is definitely one of the most underrated films of the year.

 

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