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The Devil's Double Review

The Devil's Double Rating  2.63/5

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The Devil's Double Movie Review

Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
Loosely based on the true story of Latif Yahia, a former Iraqi soldier who was forced to become the body-double for Saddam Hussein’s psychotic son Uday, The Devil’s Double is a thrilling, revolting, yet consistently fascinating watch. Treating the film like a lurid thriller, director Lee Tamahori goes for an audacious tone and a breakneck pace, grabbing your attention from the very word go. The violence is visceral and repulsive and yet you can’t help watching, transfixed as you are by Uday’s terrifyingly unpredictable personality. On the flip side, despite a knockout ‘dual’ performance by Dominic Cooper – who plays Uday as a power-crazy psychopath, and Latif as a petrified pawn – The Devil’s Double runs out of steam towards the end, and feels at least fifteen minutes too long.I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five for The Devil’s Double. It’s got a daring central performance, and works well as a thrilling potboiler. Don’t miss it!
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

The film may kowtow the American interpretation of Iraq as the proverbial badland under the Saddam regime, but there is a contemporaneity to it which lends it a novel appeal. The high point of the film is the performance by British actor Dominic Cooper who sculpts a sterling act, both as Uday, the black prince and Latif, the fearless and sensitive man of principles.It's an ostentatiously mounted, although a somewhat meandering film, which creates high drama out of cut and dried political facts. Don't miss it. Meant for both history buffs and thriller addicts, The Devil's Double is politics made pacy
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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Mrigank Dhaniwala Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: Dominic Cooper’s performance; the high drama between the two main characters.What’s Bad: The loopholes in the screenplay; the abundance of graphic and violent scenes that will put the majority of Indian audiences off; the botched climax.Verdict: The Devil’s Double is a good fare but its unusual subject and lack of face value will seal its fate at the box-office.Watch or Not?: Watch it for Dominic Cooper’s extraordinary performance in a double role.
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 Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Shalini Langer Site:IndianExpress
Iraq under Saddam and the first Gulf War is indeed a fascinating story but 'The Devil's Double' spends more time inside Uday's bedroom, including on a woman (Sagnier) who not surprisingly guesses Yahia's secret and falls for him, taking unbelievable risks in the process.Iraq may have never got the hero it needed against Uday but Hollywood obviously can't do without a beefy, good-looking knight in shining armour.
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