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The Devil's Double -- This is the shocking true story of a common man whose life is turned upside down when he is forced to become the body double of the feared “Black Prince.”
The Devil's Double -- Forced to become the body double of Uday Hussein, Latif Ahmed (Cooper) bears witness to daily life under Saddam Hussein's reign, from lavish extravagances to sadistic acts of brutality.
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The Devil's Double -- Featurette: Make-Up
The Devil's Double -- Interview: "Ludivine Sagnier On Her Character"

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A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Dominic Cooper ... Uday Hussein / Latif Yahia

Ludivine Sagnier ... Sarrab

Raad Rawi ... Munem
Philip Quast ... Saddam Hussein / Faoaz

Mimoun Oaissa ... Ali (as Mimoun Oaïssa)

Khalid Laith ... Yassem Al-Helou

Dar Salim ... Azzam

Nasser Memarzia ... Latif's Father

Mem Ferda ... Kamel Hannah

Pano Masti ... Said

Akin Gazi ... Saad

Stewart Scudamore ... Father of School Girl

Amrita Acharia ... School Girl (as Amrita Acaria)

Elektra Anastasi ... School Girl 2

Amber Rose Revah ... Bride

Selva Rasalingam ... Rokan
Samson Leguesse ... Mercedes Driver
Sarah-Lee Zammit ... Amer (as Sarah Lee Zammit)

Ben Shafik ... Kurd
Frank Tanti ... Lickspittle

Jamie Harding ... Qusay
Marcelle Theuma ... Latif's Mother
Tiziana Azzopardi ... Gallalha
Manuel Cucciardi ... Manservant
Mark Mifsud ... Mohammed
Khaled Riani ... Republican Guard
Francisco Catania ... Captain
Pierre Stafrace ... Uday's Doctor
David Leguesse ... Assassin
Emanuela Ciappara ... Munem's Wife
Aidan Aquilina ... Rayban Kid (as Aiden Aquilina)
Marwin Allagui ... Revolutionary Guard

Frida Cauchi ... Sajida

Marama Corlett ... Hennahead (as Corlett Marama)

Oona Chaplin ... Beauty
Rachel Fabri ... Abdel Akle
Andre Agius ... Kid on Crutches
Stasys Baltakis ... East German Doctor
Michael Arddt ... East German Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Marieclaire Camilleri ... Girl in Gold (uncredited)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Saddam Hussein ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Meli ... Doctor (uncredited)
Norman Schwarzkopf ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Latif Yahia ... Minister (uncredited)

Directed by
Lee Tamahori 
 
Writing credits
Michael Thomas (written by)

Latif Yahia (books)

Produced by
Niels Bourgonje .... assistant to the producer: Staccato
Paul Breuls .... producer
Joyce van Diepen .... associate producer
Michael John Fedun .... producer
Norton Herrick .... producer
Alexandra Lodewijkx .... assistant producer: STACCATO
Atilla Meijs .... associate producer
Harm Mulder .... co-executive producer
Emjay Rechsteiner .... producer
Sjef Scholte .... co-executive producer
Marion Slewe .... associate producer
Guy Tannahill .... line producer
Arjen Terpstra .... executive producer
Harris Tulchin .... executive producer
Catherine Vandeleene .... producer
 
Original Music by
Christian Henson 
 
Cinematography by
Sam McCurdy 
 
Film Editing by
Luis Carballar 
 
Casting by
Amy Hubbard 
John Hubbard 
 
Production Design by
Paul Kirby 
 
Art Direction by
Charlo Dalli 
 
Set Decoration by
Caroline Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Anna B. Sheppard 
 
Makeup Department
Lara Bella Vella Baldacchino .... hair stylist: daily
Lara Bella Vella Baldacchino .... makeup artist: daily
Emma Beard .... hair stylist: daily
Becky Borg .... makeup artist: daily
Justin Brincat .... makeup artist: daily
Maria Darmanin Muscat .... makeup artist: daily
Dorianne Edwards .... hair stylist: daily
Giselle Farrugia .... hair stylist: daily
Ruth Galea .... hair stylist: daily
Marcelle Genovese .... hair coordinator: crowd
Marcelle Genovese .... makeup coordinator: crowd
Sylvana Grasso .... makeup artist: daily
Elaine Grech .... makeup artist: daily
Alex Grima .... hair stylist: daily
Jackie Grima .... makeup artist (as Jacqueline Farrugia Grima)
Alexia Licari .... makeup artist: daily
Lara Licari .... makeup artist: daily
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Joanna Massa .... hair stylist: daily
Daniela Mizzi .... makeup artist: daily
Lorna Muliett .... makeup artist: daily
Bianco Jane Muscat .... hair stylist: daily
Lourdes Muscat .... makeup artist: daily
Darren Robinson .... prosthetics
Karen Sciberras .... hair stylist: daily
Kevin Scicluna .... hair stylist: daily
Jan Sewell .... hair designer
Jan Sewell .... makeup designer
Jan Sewell .... prosthetics designer
Lesley Smith .... key hair stylist (as Leslie Smith)
Lesley Smith .... key makeup artist (as Leslie Smith)
Michelle Vella .... makeup artist: daily
Andy Garner .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Kristyan Mallett .... prosthetic supplier (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jimi Abidts .... production manager (behind the scenes)
Matthew Camilleri .... unit manager
Steffen Geypens .... post-production supervisor
Oliver Mallia .... unit production manager
Fadi Sarraf .... production manager: Jordan
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Michelle Attard .... assistant director trainee
Colin Azzopardi .... co-second assistant director
Gerard Caruana .... floor assistant director
James Cooper .... assistant director trainee
Chris Micallef .... assistant director: crowd
Matthew Penry-Davey .... first assistant director
Lance Roehrig .... second assistant director
Will Haynes .... floor assistant director: dailies (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Thomas Abdilla .... painter
Marco Abela .... carpenter
Jeremy Agius .... painter
Anatole Azzopardi .... carpenter
Jason Azzopardi .... laborer
Alan Bailey .... property master
Sandra Banthorpe .... set dresser
Tarcisco Barbara .... painter
Joseph Bondin .... laborer
Chris Bonello .... art department coordinator
Robert Philip Bonello .... painter (as Robert Bonello)
Eric Borg .... propman
Alessio Buhagiar .... hod stagehand
Frederick Buhagiar .... storeman
Raymond Buhagiar .... laborer
Steve Buhagiar .... laborer
Clive Busuttil .... plasterer
Shamison Busuttil .... assistant art director
Leonard Callus .... chargehand
John Camilleri .... carpenter
Alfred Caruana .... carpenter
Mario L. Cassar .... propman (as Mario Cassar)
Lino Chetcuti .... scenic artist
Alfred Chircop .... carpenter
Joe Ciantar .... hod carpenter (as Joseph Ciantar)
Mike Cuddy .... prop storeman
David D'Amato .... carpenter
James Debono .... stand-by props
Raymond Debono .... hod welder
Manwel Degiorgio .... carpenter
Ian Duncan .... painter
Mark Anthony Ellul .... set decoration buyer: Malta (as Mark Ellul)
Raymond Ellul .... assistant construction manager (as Ray Ellul)
Martin Farrugia .... laborer
Martin Farrugia .... propman
Redent Farrugia .... hod plasterer
Anthony Formosa .... carpenter
Joseph Formosa .... carpenter
Atonia Galea .... art department seamstress
Andrea Gauci .... art department assistant
Peppi Gauci .... assistant property master
John Gerada .... carpenter
John Gouder .... drapesman
Joe Grixri .... carpenter
Andy Grogan .... set decoration buyer: UK
Joe Hammett .... painter
Lawrence Hili .... assistant storeman
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist
Rita Cilia La Corte .... stand-by props
David Mallia .... painter
Mario Mangiafico .... laborer
Charles Meli .... carpenter
Toni Merciega .... laborer
Paul Mizzi .... carpenter
Brian Neighbour .... construction manager
Joseph Pace .... stand-by props
Matthew Pace .... graphic artist
Dave Pearce .... construction manager (as David Pearce)
Victor Piscopo .... laborer
Francis Seisun .... carpenter
Paul Seisun .... chargehand
Silvan Seisun .... carpenter
Alfred Seychell .... chargehand
Adrian Start .... hod painter
Vincent Tanti .... propman
Leonard Underwood .... painter
Ludvik Vassallo .... carpenter
Mario Sky Vassallo .... plasterer (as Mario Vassallo)
Emanuel Vella .... carpenter
Laurence Vella .... painter
George Zammit .... carpenter
Joseph Zammit .... laborer
 
Sound Department
Steve Browell .... additional sound effects editor
Sandy Buchanan .... adr recordist
Tim Fraser .... sound mixer
David Gillain .... foley mixer
Stefan Henrix .... sound designer
Stefan Henrix .... supervising sound editor
Martin Jensen .... sound re-recording mixer
Nik Kozlov .... sound assistant (as Nikita Kozlov)
Mark Lafbery .... adr recordist
Nick Lowe .... supervising adr editor
Nick Lowe .... supervising dialogue editor
Julien Naudin .... foley artist
William Towers .... boom operator (as Will Towers)
Thibault van der Meerschim .... adr recordist (as Thibaut Vandermeersche)
Pedro Jimenez .... trailer re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Robert Karlsson .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Fabien Pochet .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Héléna Réveillère .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Robin Beavis .... special effects technician
Alexander Brincat .... special effects breakaways
Kenneth Cassar .... special effects coordinator: Malta
Keith Dawson .... special effects technician
Michael Dawson .... special effects supervisor
Charles Debattista .... special effects assistant
Alfred Degeorgio .... special effects assistant
Stuart Heath .... special effects technician
Roderick Pulis .... special effects assistant
Steven Warner .... special effects coordinator
David Watkins .... assistant special effects supervisor
Neil Corbould .... special effects consultant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Stella Ampatzi .... compositor: Peerless Camera Company
Daniel Baker .... visual effects technical coordinator: Peerless Camera Company
Martin Body .... senior roto artist: Peerless Camera Company
Francesco Canonico .... cg artist: Peerless Camera Company
Alan Church .... visual effects producer
Gavin Digby .... senior compositor: Peerless Camera Company
Simon Giles .... visual effects supervisor (as Simon Bruce Giles)
Simon Gretton .... visual effects technical coordinator: Peerless Camera Company
Ian Holland .... compositor: Peerless Camera Company
Mason Jarratt .... digital effects coordinator: Peerless Camera Company
Marc Jouveneau .... compositor: Peerless Camera Company
Stephen Karl .... additional visual effects: Peerless Camera Company
Taskin Kenan .... roto & tracking artist: Peerless Camera Company
Andrew Kingston .... systems administrator: Perless Camera Company
Diane Kingston .... digital effects producer: Peerless Camera Company
Robert Loudil .... lead cg artist: Peerless Camera Company
Sarah Marchant .... digital paint artist: Peerless Camera Company
Rosanna Mennear .... digital effects coordinator: Peerless Camera Company (as Rosie Mennear)
Tim Ollive .... cg artist: Peerless Camera Company
Christopher T. Page .... rotoscope artist: Peerless Camera Company (as Christopher Page)
Emanuele Pescatori .... cg artist: Peerless Camera Company
George Port .... additional visual effects: Peerless Camera Company
Tim Pruce .... compositor: Peerless Camera Company
George Ritchie .... additional visual effects: Peerless Camera Company
James Roberts .... cg artist: Peerless Camera Company
Paul Round .... digital effects supervisor: Peerless Camera Company
Deepa Sebastian .... visual effects administrator: Peerless Camera Company
Jodie Snow .... visual effects administrator: Peerless Camera Company
John Swinnerton .... senior compositor: Peerless Camera Company
Emeline Tedder .... compositor: Peerless Camera Company
Guillaume Renberg .... motion control operator (uncredited)
Nicky Walsh .... digital effects coordinator: Peerless Camera Company (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Steve Griffin .... assistant stunt coordinator
Branislav Martinak .... stunt performer
Lubomir Misak .... stunt coordinator
Giedrius Nagys .... stunt rigger
Domonkos Pardanyi .... stunt performer
Nikovich Sammut .... stunt performer
César Solar .... stunt performer (as Cesar Solar Martinez)
Cuco Usín .... stunt performer (as Justo Usin Carrera)
Karen Xuereb .... stunt double: Sarrab
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jimi Abidts .... camera operator (behind the scenes)
Oliver Agius .... electrician
Malcolm Bamavage .... electrician
Adrian Bartolo .... best boy
Sergio Bernuzzi .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Patrick Bramucci .... rigging gaffer
Dan Carling .... digital imaging technician
Ziad Choucheh .... focus puller: Jordan
Tom Elgar .... video assist (as Thomas Elgar)
Michael F. Farrugia .... camera trainee (as Michael Farrugia)
Raphael Francis Farrugia .... camera trainee (as Raphael Farrugia)
John Furrugia .... video assist
Jon Garwes .... focus puller: "a" camera
Lawrence Grima .... best boy grip
Rodrigo Gutierrez .... camera operator: "a" camera
John Heald .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Phil Humphries .... camera loader: "a" camera
Hamadah Hussni .... grip: Jordan
Charles Lia .... key grip
Noel Micallef .... electrician
Noel Micallef .... rigging electrician
Miguel Mifsud .... company grip
Michael Monteiro .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael Monteiro .... steadicam operator
Guillaume Renberg .... motion control operator
Charles Scicluna .... rigging electrician
Stephen Scicluna .... company grip
Marvin Sheath .... company grip
Sofie Silberman .... still photographer (as Sofie Silbermann)
Roni Sukhon .... key grip: Jordan
Andrew Taylor .... gaffer
Stephen Valletta .... rigging electrician
Sophie Van Mieghem .... still photographer
Jan Vrints .... cinematographer: Jordan
Matthew Waving .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Emma Edwards .... daily second assistant camera (uncredited)
John Preca Trapani .... crane/remote head technician (uncredited)
Paul Preca Trapani .... crane/remote head technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Nicole Blackman .... extras casting
Gerard Caruana .... extras casting trainee
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Edward Said .... casting director: Malta
Cathleen Tanti .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carmen Agius .... on-set costumer: Dominic Cooper
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe supervisor
Rose Calleja .... wardrobe: daily
Carmen Callus .... wardrobe: daily
Ernest Camilleri .... wardrobe coordinator
Grace Camilleri .... wardrobe: daily
Jane Clive .... assistant costume designer
Joseph Fenech .... wardrobe runner
Marcelle Giannakoudakis .... wardrobe assistant (as Marcelle Giannakoudakisas)
Gary Lane .... military costumer
Francesco Luperini .... crowd costume supervisor
Sophie Pace .... wardrobe trainee
Joe Silvio .... wardrobe assistant
Rosanna Silvio .... on-set costumer: Ludivine Sagnier
 
Editorial Department
Jimi Abidts .... assistant editor
Dieter Allaerts .... video operator & dailies assistant
Peter Bernaers .... colorist
Yves Bertrand .... additional editor
Yves Bertrand .... first assistant editor
Yves Bertrand .... on-line editor
Gerard Bloemen .... digital intermediate assistant
Jan De Coninck .... film recordist & data scanner
Paolo Finotto .... digital intermediate producer
Dmitry Lavrov .... digital intermediate supervisor
Koen Maenhout .... digital intermediate assistant
Frank Mostert .... digital intermediate assistant
Robin Reumers .... it supervisor
Jo Van Hove .... script sync assistant
 
Music Department
Leo Abrahams .... musician: guitar
Dot Allison .... musician: vocals
Samuel Karl Bohn .... assistant music editor
Samuel Karl Bohn .... assistant to composer
Samuel Karl Bohn .... musician: guitar
Joby Burgess .... musician: percussion
Alison Butters .... music clearance
Matt Dunkley .... conductor
Olga FitzRoy .... assistant music engineer
Ben Foskett .... orchestrator
Christian Henson .... musician: vocals
Christian Henson .... orchestrator
Jake Jackson .... score engineer & mixer
Tony Lewis .... music editor
Mark Lo .... music supervisor
Colin Rae .... music preparation
Hilary Skewes .... musician contractor
Rolf Wilson .... musician: leader
Alison Wright .... score supervisor
Bart Westerlaken .... composer: official site music (uncredited)
Bart Westerlaken .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bassem Abu Soud .... driver: Jordan
Charles Buhagiar .... driver (as Charlie Buhagiar)
Arthur Cassar .... driver
Ihab Douglas .... driver: Jordan
Charlie Galea .... assistant picture vehicle coordinator
Ian Vassallo Grant .... transportation coordinator
Christian Mallia .... transportation captain
Patrick Thomas McManus .... picture vehicle coordinator (as Patrick McManus)
Qusay .... driver: Jordan
James Sammut .... driver
Joseph Zammit .... driver: minibus
Tarek Zouri .... driver: Jordan
 
Other crew
Jimi Abidts .... epk crew
Frans Afman .... business consultant
Rebecca Anastasi .... production coordinator
Sian Angharad Anthony .... set runner (as Sian Lewis)
Cora Balzan .... assistant production coordinator
Joseph Barbara .... accounts photocopy
Rino Bonavita .... assistant production accountant
Abigail Borg .... dive coordinator
Vincent Borg .... assistant armorer
Pascal Borno .... international sales agent
Jo Breuls .... head of finance
Marieclaire Camilleri .... set production assistant (as Marie Claire Camilleri)
Gerard Caruana .... set production assistant
Laurence Chisholm .... production secretary
Steve Cummings .... armorer (as Stephen Cummings)
Ramon Dahmen .... executive: FMG
Sigi De Maesschalck .... tax shelter financing
Clifford De Spenser .... dialogue coach
Edwin de Vries .... representative: Independent Dutch Film Fund
Kathleen Debrincat .... production accountant
Dana Dobrin .... tax shelter financing
Jay Fedun .... production assistant
Joseph Formosa Randon .... location manager
Louise Caruana Galizia .... key set production assistant
Laurens Geels .... business consultant
Steffen Geypens .... delivery supervisor
Anna Maria Grima .... assistant location manager
Jo Hageman .... tax shelter financing
Moira Houlihan .... unit publicist
Veronique Huyghebaert .... assistant: Paul Breuls
Samih Janakat .... military attache: Jordan (as Major Samih Janakat)
Fred Kroetsch .... production assistant (as Frederik Kroetsch)
Dianne Mapp-Cheek .... financial controller
Peter Mark Mercieca .... set production assistant (as Peter Mercieca)
Holly Mitchell .... assistant to director
Rudi Peeters .... tax shelter financing
Stephen A. Petroni .... armorer (as Steve Petroni)
Nick Ptashnick .... production assistant
Rowena Radbury .... script supervisor
Irma Raman .... production accountant: Corsan
Mark Sansone .... location manager
Thomas Schembri .... personal assistant director
Harris Tulchin .... legal affairs
Jelle Van Coillie .... epk crew
Koen Van Den Bergh .... travel coordinator
Marie-Louise Vanthilt .... legal & business affairs
Marie-Louise Vanthilt .... legal affairs
Emelie Vervecken .... publicity coordinator
Slavko Vukanovic .... location assistant
Maria Westerbos .... business consultant
Roland Wigman .... legal consultant
Pauline Zerafa .... assistant accountant
Fawaz Zoubi .... location manager: Jordan
Kate Penlington .... clearances (uncredited)
Catherine Vandeleene .... head of sales (uncredited)
Emelie Vervecken .... executive assistant: producer (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence and torture, sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive language
Runtime:
109 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA15+ | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:16 | Japan:R18+ | Japan:R15+ (edited version) | Mexico:C | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | USA:R
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Trivia:
There is a reference to The Godfather in one of the first scenes where Latif is impersonating Uday. He acts as a double when entering and leaving an important meeting. When he leaves and is shot at by a young boy an orange cart is shown prominently with oranges falling. Oranges were present whenever death occurred or was about to in The Godfather and there was an orange cart featured when Don Corleone was shot at it.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene in which Latif's convoy of 3 black Mercedes arrive at a checkpoint (59:00min), bullet holes in the windscreen of the last car in the convey can be seen though its rear window, and can be seen again as the car leaves the checkpoint (59:15min). These holes are not apparent in other shots and it is only later in this scene that the cars come under attack, causing the windscreens to be shot out.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Azzam:[to Latif] Hey.
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35 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
A must-watch for Cooper's performance alone, but expect to be troubled as well as thrilled throughout., 18 August 2011
Author: The Upcoming from United Kingdom

The posters for director Lee Tamahori's The Devil's Double (18) declare it to be "Scarface of Arabia", referring both to Brian De Palma's 1983 gangster opus Scarface and the film's setting during Saddam Hussein's brutal rule in Iraq. The Devil's Double is based on the true story of Latif Yahia, an Iraqi soldier chosen by the regime to be the body-double of the dictator's infamous son Uday, with both roles played by Dominic Cooper.

The perks of the job are acceptable: enough designer clothing and willing women to make the average Premiership footballer looking like a trappist monk. However, the downsides are considerable too: torture, being shot at – and the fact that the penalty for seeking alternative employment is the death of Latif's entire family.

Dominic Cooper stars in Devil's Double with Ludivine Sagnier.

Dominic Cooper stars in Devil's Double with Ludivine Sagnier.

It is easy to see why The Devil's Double has been compared to a gangster film. All the whirring, terrifying madness of Uday's world is depicted with the brutal verve one finds in Scarface and other films of its ilk. Instigating nightclub orgies while American bombs are exploding and shooting at loyal companions in psychotic rages are all part of Uday's regular routine.

The direction, intermingling footage of Operation Desert Storm with debauchery, captures the craziness of Uday and Latif's world with a lurid style.

Again, like a great underworld film, Cooper's performance as the central villain is masterful, capturing Uday's menacing madness and chewing the scenery in between sucking breasts or shovelling cocaine up his nose. His performance as Latif is equally striking, but in a more nuanced way. We are never in doubt which one Cooper is portraying; his sickened desperate body language showing through even when Latif is Uday.

Yet this film is not Scarface, and Uday is not Tony Montana. Tony Montana, like most anti-heroes found in films depicting criminals, had a form of morality. It may have been a twisted, cocaine-fuelled morality but it was one none the less. Uday has no morality; worse than that, he's evil even by the standards of his father, a man who thought nothing of gassing entire ethnic groups. This gives the film a heart of darkness. Uday is possibly one of the most horrifying characters ever to grace a cinema screen, proving it at regular harrowing intervals with crimes of a scarcely believable depravity.

This leads me to the film's central flaw. Despite Cooper's performance, Latif's story never quite feels as compelling as it should be. The script at times makes a good man's forced descent into hell on Earth seem more like a mob underling's troubled conscience upon witnessing his boss go too far. One scene, which directly juxtaposes his actions in saving others from Uday's horrors, doesn't have anywhere near the emotional resonance it should. One gets a sense that in trying to show us a world in which a moral compass is more likely to be thrust into the genitals of an innocent than providing any sort of guidance, the film has lost some of its humanity along with its protagonists.

Despite these flaws, though, The Devil's Double is still an excellent film. It is a brave attempt to portray a difficult and scarcely believable story. Even its failure to completely emote is understandable given the skill with which it presents its harrowing world. Due to this, and possibly the performance of the year from Dominic Cooper, its flaws are eminently forgivable.

Verdict: ●●●● A must-watch for Cooper's performance alone, but expect to be troubled as well as thrilled throughout.

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