One of the reasons that I started this blog in the first place was to catch up on movies that I have been putting on a list in my head over the past several years. This obviously included movies that I had seen come and go from theaters, and that I had “always been meaning to see sometime.” Well, now’s the time to see it I guess.
A great plot that could afford to be just a little tighter on the corners. If you don’t know, the film is a somewhat fictionalized account of the career of Uday Hussein’s body double before and during the first Gulf War. Obviously, there is some lee-way taken with the facts concerning some of the events, but the story told is worth it.
Dominic Cooper holds up his end of the deal, playing both the antagonist and the protagonist with some care and depth. A lot of the supporting and minor characters are back and forth in their abilities.
The cinematic styling is good, but the sets are less than believable. It was shot somewhat on location, as far as the region is concerned, but I supposed I was just surprised at how boring it all looked.
The film, overall, seems to relish where it sits as far as grittiness is concerned, making sure that the audience really gets a feel for the violent tendencies of Uday in what was his daily life of being a playboy.
Good, but not as memorable as I had hoped.
Definitely recommended for a group of young people on a movie night, just don’t expect it to stick with you for very long.