A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and seductive with women.
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
Many of director Richard Ayoade's The I.T. Crowd's co-stars and the principal cast of his first feature as director, Submarine, feature in this film. Chris O'Dowd and Christopher Morris starred alongside Ayoade in the Channel 4 sitcom, while Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, and Noah Taylor were the stars of the indie film set in South Wales. See more »
"The Double" is a boring film with a story inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel "The Double" in an environment of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil". The invisible Simon James meets his Doppelgänger called James Simon that has opposite personality and steals his job and the woman he suffers from unrequited love. The plot is disclosed at a slow pace and despite the great performances and the stylish cinematography, does not engage the viewer since it is tiresome for a thriller, unfunny for a comedy and shallow for a drama. The conclusion is inconsistent since does not provide explanation why James and Simon are connected when injured but not when healed. My vote is four.
Title (Brazil): "O Duplo" ("The Double")
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