The Devil’s Double
The Devil’s Double is a fascinating look at something, I guess, that we’ve known about but haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to: a lot of world figures have doubles. Apparently Stalin did, Lenin did, Saddam Hussein did, and supposedly even the Brits do. This is the story of Uday Hussein’s double, Uday being the son of Saddam Hussein. Dominic Cooper, who is really wonderful, plays both the part of a reluctant ex-school buddy of Uday, and the crazy, kind of psychopath that Uday Hussein apparently was. The good news about this is certainly Dominic Cooper’s performance; he is really remarkable in both parts. The bad news is it becomes almost pornographic in its violence; I suppose the idea was that this guy was an unrepentant psychopath, but I’m not sure we needed quite as much detailing of dead girls and tortured people. This is still supposed to be an entertaining movie; it’s not a documentary. I probably could have done with less violence as pornography, but Dominic Cooper is really a revelation here. So, I will give the movie three and a half stars, and would have given it more if there was a little less focus on violence. I know it is part of the story, and its based on the double’s memoir, but still. So, three and a half stars.