Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Devil's Double

I've always been a fan of movies that take a deep plunge into the dangerous and often unstable recesses of the minds of drug addicts and criminals. It has been an interest of mine from very early on, having been brought up around films like Goodfellas, Scarface, Reservoir Dogs, The Godfather, The Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction, A Clockwork Orange, Trainspotting, Requiem For A Dream, Kids, Less Than Zero, and the like. So when I first heard of The Devil's Double, a peek into the unflinchingly lurid life of debauchery and immorality of Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Uday, and the man forcibly recruited to play his body double, I was giddy with excitement. Thankfully, the movie doesn't disappoint. Dominic Cooper's turn as both the sadistic sociopath Uday and Latif, a "good man with a bad job", must be applauded! Fantastic!

And was it just me or did anyone else see inspiration from Al Pacino's Tony Montana in Scarface whenever Uday was on screen?

Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein's palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is thrust into the highest echelons of the "royal family" when he's ordered to become the 'fiday' - or body double - to Saddam's son, the notorious "Black Prince" Uday Hussein (also Dominic Cooper), a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality. With his and his family's lives at stake, Latif must surrender his former self forever as he learns to walk, talk and act like Uday. But nothing could have prepared him for the horror of the Black Prince's psychotic, drug-addled life of fast cars, easy women and impulsive violence.

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