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The Devil's Double Is Basically Entourage in Iraq

THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE Okay, to be fair, that solid gold gun is pretty badass.

THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE Okay, to be fair, that solid gold gun is pretty badass.

STARRING DOMINIC COOPER as both Uday Hussein and his double, Latif Yahia (and based on the true story, as written by Yahia), The Devil's Double is a series of dramatic "beats" that, without believable connective tissue, plays like a dictator-porn greatest hits record. Look at him drive cars! Look at him bang whores! Look at him crash cars and kill whores and laugh and laugh! This movie is like Entourage's id.

We begin in the late '80s, when Uday Hussein was still papa Saddam's heir apparent. One day he takes a shine to the look-alike Latif, presumably because the same actor is playing him. Building on this bond, Uday "recruits" him as his double (which in Iraq means "he has him beaten until he agrees"). Uday uses the country as his private fiefdom, and as his double, Latif has access to all of it—every suit, Rolex, coke-filled bauble, and tacky, cologne-reeking Arab-dictator trinket. Only catch: He'll never be allowed to see his family or have any kind of individuality ever again (which would've suited Turtle just fine). Strangely, this seems to be a sticking point for Latif. Which is a paradox, as he seems to have no personality whatsoever. The interesting thing would've been to see Latif perhaps grow to enjoy to his ill-begotten extravagance, even while recognizing that his benefactor is a guy who rapes underage schoolgirls for sport, but instead he's just this milquetoast noble guy whose only emotion is disapproval.

You know how Scarface was interesting because Tony Montana was this charismatic, likeable-but-evil bundle of contradictions? Well imagine that character split into two characters, one charming and evil, the other honorable and totally boring, neither with any depth. Amazingly, this is not an improvement. Cool poster, though.

The Devil's Double
Rated R · 108 min.
Official Site: www.thedevilsdoublefilm.com
Director: Lee Tamahori
Writer: Michael Thomas
Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Mem Ferda, Dar Salim, Khalid Laith, Pano Masti, Nasser Memarzia, Philip Quast and Selva Rasalingam

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