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The Devil's Double

  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Lee Tamahori
  • 103 mins
  • 18
    More info: UK: Suitable only for persons of 18 years and over

Summary

An Iraqi soldier is forced to become a double for Saddam Hussein's sadistic son Uday to distract assassins. His new role plunges him into a world of depravity, as he becomes a first-hand witness to the acts of murder and violence Uday routinely indulges in. Drama, starring Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier and Philip Quast.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Dominic Cooper tackles a demanding twin role in this drama based on the real-life exploits of the Iraqi army lieutenant forced to become the body double for Saddam Hussein's sadistic son Uday. As Latif Yahia, the soldier who knows his family will be killed unless he follows orders, Cooper seethes with indignation and bristles at the excesses he has no choice but to witness. But the English actor is, if anything, even better as the terrifying Hussein Jr, playing him as a spoiled child with very grown-up appetites for sex and violence. Although based on Yahia's own memoirs, the story struggles for momentum once it's established that Uday was indeed a monster, largely because the film's essentially superficial approach has little fresh insight to offer. Die Another Day director Lee Tamahori manages a few flickers of suspense, but struggles with a subplot featuring miscast Ludivine Sagnier as a Lebanese seductress, so the movie never really grips as it should. Cooper's outstanding performance(s) deserved better.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2011-08-05
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes, nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Uday Hussein / Latif YahiaDominic Cooper
SarrabLudivine Sagnier
MunemRaad Rawi
Saddam Hussein / FaoazPhilip Quast
AliMimoun Oaissa
YassemKhalid Laith
AzzamDar Salim
Latif's fatherNasser Memarzia
Kamel HannahMem Ferda
SaidPano Masti

Crew

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DirectorLee Tamahori
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