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The Devil's Double (2011)

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Critic Consensus: The Devil's Double has plenty of gangster spectacle and Dominic Cooper ably playing off his dual roles, but this crime epic struggles to balance the fun of bad behavior with the dead serious crimes of its subject.

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Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein's palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is thrust into the highest echelons of the "royal family" when he's ordered to become the 'fiday' - or body double - to Saddam's son, the notorious "Black Prince" Uday Hussein (also Dominic Cooper), a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality. With his and his family's lives at stake, Latif must surrender his former self forever as he learns to walk, talk and act like Uday. But nothing could have prepared him for the horror of the Black Prince's psychotic, drug-addled life of fast cars, easy women and impulsive violence. -- (C) Lionsgate

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Cast

Dominic Cooper
as Latif Yahia/Uday Hussein
Raad Rawi
as Munem
Philip Quast
as Saddam Hussein/Faoaz
Dar Salim
as Azzam
Khalid Laith
as Yassem Al-Helou
Mem Ferda
as Kamel Hannah
Nasser Memarzia
as Latif's Father
Frank Tanti
as Lickspittle
Marcelle Theuma
as Latif's Mother
Stewart Scudamore
as Father of School Girl
Manuel Cucciardi
as Manservant
Mark Mifsud
as Mohammed
Khaled Riani
as Republican Guard
Samson Leguesse
as Mercedes Driver
David Leguese
as Assassin
Emanuela Ciappara
as Munem's Wife
Aiden Aquilina
as Rayban Kid
Marwin Allagui
as Revolutionary Guard
Elektra Anastasi
as School Girl 2
Marama Corlett
as Hennahead
Rachel Fabri
as Abdel Akle
Andre Agius
as Kid on Crutches
Pierre Stafrace
as Uday's Doctor
Stasys Baltakis
as East German Doctor
Michael Arddt
as East German Doctor
Amrita Acharia
as School Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Double

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (40)

Despite numerous pluses - Lee Tamahori's vigorous direction, handsome cinematography, outstanding production design, an impressive dual performance by Dominic Cooper as Uday and Latif - the film is more wearying than entertaining.

November 17, 2011 | Full Review…
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I'm not sure what it all adds up to, but The Devil's Double puts its hooks in you and keeps them there.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: B+

Equally as offensive as the movie's smorgasbord of smut and violence is the lingering whiff of colonial-era orientalism, a Western predilection for regarding Eastern cultures as innately idle, lascivious, irrational, and thus ripe for intervention.

September 1, 2011

The Devil's Double simply offers a trip through hell on a one-way track, like a spook-house ride at the amusement park meant to titillate and excite the senses and then deposit the rider/viewer safely on the other side in the full light of day.

August 12, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A better film would undoubtedly have been a quieter, more reflective one, less tempted by Grand Guignol. But it is very watchable...

August 12, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

This isn't exactly a complex study of Iraqi history, but director Lee Tamahori punches it across, and the Stalinesque use of doubles in Iraq is interesting.

August 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Devil's Double

A lazy and terribly-directed movie that depicts Uday Hussein as a ridiculous caricature in what is a redundant story devoid of any subtlety. Besides, Dominic Cooper is such a mediocre actor, unable to lend any sort of complexity to the two identical main characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Although a glimpse into the decadence of the Hussein regime this bears the serious flaw of being one note. And yes, that note is loud.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

An Iraqi army conscript is forced to become the body double of Saddam Hussein's psychotic son and finds himself losing his identity as he drowns in a sea of depravity and murder. There have already been a slew of projects based on the Iraq war and The Devil's Double is an interesting film in that it shows the other side of the conflict, to some extent at least. Dominic Cooper makes a decent fist of playing both the pampered, debauched and sadistic member of the Iraqi elite and his moral, working class impersonator who is appalled by the behaviour of those who rule. Sort of a bizarre cross between such diverse stories as The Prisoner Of Zenda, The Last King Of Scotland and Scarface, the excesses and violence of The Devil's Double are counterpointed by the even more bizarre fact that it is actually a true story. I think it would have been better for the greater context of the life of ordinary Iraqis of the time but it still makes for a shocking and brutal journey through the looking glass into Saddam's world.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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