The Devil’s Double (2011)

We can probably all agree that Saddam Hussein was a real dickhole. It turns out that the assbag apple doesn’t far fall from the tree, as his oldest son Uday is a dickhole as well.  You may or may not know that Saddam commonly used a double for his own protection.  Uday plans to do the same, but mostly so he can just goof off and follow his true passion: porking.  It seems young Uday is a fan of the ladies. All the ladies: young, old, the hotties, the fugly ones, and even the dudes that look like ladies.  He isn’t even above snatching a schoolgirl off the street now and again.  The life of a president’s son is demanding and full of public appearances, he doesn’t have time for such things.  There was a boy in his class that people used to say looked alike. So Uday hires this man to be his double.

Did we say hire?  We mean snatched out of the army and told to do it or his family would be murdered.  So our man Latif, has himself a new job, and after a bit of cosmetic surgery and some fake teeth they are almost indesquinshable.  Latif follows around Uday to get a feel for how is supposed to be acting, and doesn’t at all like what he sees.  He threatens to leave, but is reminded about the ‘arrangement’ made with his family, whom has been told he died on a mission.  Eventually Latif gets the hang of it, and reluctantly does his duty to his country. He and Uday’s main girlfriend fall in love and secretly have an affair, that is really all he had to live for.  Until the country comes under attach during the first Iraqi war, good old Desert Storm.  Latif rallies the troops and tries to instill some pride into his country.  At the same time the real Uday falls deeper and deeper into depravity, murdering and raping without consequence.  Latif cannot go on living as this asshole, and urges Uday to just kill him, but Uday won’t; he just loves himself too much.  Latif, with no other way out, slits his wrists. And he is dropped off near death at his parent’s doorstep.

Finally free, Latif just wants to get as far away from Iraq as he can. He had his girlfriend flee to Malta, but somehow Uday’s goons find him and take a few shots at him.  He considers the fact that maybe his girlfriend really isn’t his girlfriend.  Now with nothing more to lose, he takes the offensive against Uday, and tries to stop this monster from hurting any other innocent person by any means necessary.

Alex’s Thoughts: I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie.  I had heard from a few people who thought it was good, but reading the plot summary didn’t make it sound all that interesting.  After watching it, I can safely say that some plot summaries aren’t very good (Take the 200 that I have written for this site for example).  No description of this movie can do it justice; it is just an extremely well made and captivating film. Even though I had no prior knowledge of the subject, it was still a great watch, and didn’t take me long to get into it and understand what was going on.  The acting was great, and the actual Desert Storm news clips really added some depth and perspective to the movie.  I think that most movie fans would enjoy this.  I also just read that Dominic Cooper played both Latif and Uday, which I didn’t know while watching, that makes it all the much better in my book. Alex Rates This Movie 9/10

Tim’s Thoughts:I watched this not knowing anything about it, and was immediately caught up in the intensity and violence. Dominic Cooper is amazing as both parts, I think most people wouldn’t know that it was the same actor playing the roles. This is supposed to be based on a true story, but there is some skepticism as to how much is factual. All of that aside, I found this to be fascinating and was on edge the entire movie. You really don’t know what is going to happen as Uday is so batshit crazy that he is capable of just about any evil you can imagine. If you can stomach some strong violence I would definitely recommend this, and I will be looking for more Dominic Cooper movies because  of this. The only other movie I’ve seen him in is Captain America, he plays Tony Stark’s father, and he’s good in that too. Tim Rates This Movie 9/10

“I cannot kill you, Latif, you are my brother.”

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