Flash Movie Review: The Devil’s Double

Don’t look now, but there well could be a dark horse in the Oscar race and it is Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia!, My Week with Marilyn) in the dual role as Latif Yahia, who was the real life body double to Uday Hussein–Saddam Hussein’s elder son. What an amazing performance as Dominic portrays the ruthless, decadent Uday and the look alike Latif who tries to maintain his sanity as he is forced into servitude. This intense drama was horrific to watch in parts as Uday truly was allowed to run amok; whether it was raping, beating or killing anyone who came within his line of sight. If you can handle it, then do not miss this movie based on the true story by Latif Yahia and the incredible portrayal by Dominic Cooper. As far as I am concerned, Dominic has every right to get a best acting nomination for his work in this film.


3 1/2 stars — DVD




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 25, 2011, in Drama. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This movie was disturbingly violent… necessarily so. Not exactly holiday fare, but I was curious about how to imagine what actually happened in Iraq with the dysfunctional Saddam Hussein family. Dominic Cooper’s portrayal of Uday was an incredible acting feat and that alone was worth the watch. I was a bit disappointed to read that there is some controversy about the authenticity of Latif Yahia’s claims to have been the real body double for Uday, but my reading was cursory via a google search, so I say the movie stands on its own merit as a good gangster film.

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