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Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simons exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simons horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. Written by
An earlier version of this film, also based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, and also to have been called The Double, came close to being made by director Roman Polanski in 1996. John Travolta was to have played the lead role alongside Isabelle Adjani, John Goodman and Jean Reno. Shooting was to have started in Paris in June 1996. However, just days before principal photography was due to begin, Travolta left the project after an argument with Polanski about alleged changes to the script and the film collapsed shortly afterwards. See more »
I have all these things that I want to say to her, like... Like how I can tell she's a lonely person, even if other people can't. Cause I know what it feels like to be lost and lonely and invisible.
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When I herd that Richard Ayoade was writing and directing this picture I put it on my must see list. He got the most laughs out of me as Maurice Moss on the IT Crowd so I'm a fan. This is his third helm as director and I'm curious to know if Submarine and AD/DC are as strange as this one.
The visual style of the movie is the first thing that pops out. It reminds me of the film Brazil, possibly because it has the same theme of working for a bureaucratic system as the protagonist, Simon James does. The comparison made it seem futuristic, even though it's obviously set in a time when cell phones did not exist and you could not fit a computer in your pocket. If I was to guess the 80's.
It also gives the film a Sci-Fi feel, but an 80's like art direction can do that. Of course it's not sci-fi since no reasonable explanation is given to why the company's new hot shot employee James Simon looks like the intelligent but unnoticed Simon James, and why Simon James is the only one who sees the resemblance.
The movie is very surrealistic. It reminds me of Fight Club, but unlike The Fincher film this movie does nothing to keep the idea of a split personality centered in real life. I'm sure if I was smarter I could see how it did, but my only clue is the amazing sound design featured in the movie.
Having Jesse Eisenberg typed cast in the role kept it grounded. He was the element that everyone could most relate to as a man who is being ignored by his work place because he has not got the nerve to stand up for himself and as his more outgoing double who drives at work despite not being as smart. It kept the movie from becoming to experimental. The bad part about it is that if you don't like the same role Eisenberg plays in all his movies than you may not like this one. As his evil counterpart his performance does not lean to far from his usual on screen persona.
This movie was fun to look at and I really loved the soundtrack. I think it could be the movie people talk about for years to come.
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