The Devil’s Double- July 11th

The Devil’s Double (2011)
English- Biographical Crime Drama
Rated “R”
Runtime- 108 min.
dir. Lee Tamahori
 

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.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

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.

Acting: 1.5/2

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.

Photography/Set: 1/2

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.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

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.

Misc: 1.5/2

Good, but not as memorable as I had hoped.

VERDICT: 7/10

Definitely recommended for a group of young people on a movie night, just don’t expect it to stick with you for very long.

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