The Devil’s Double – Movie Review

I get pissed off when someone tells me I look like Whoopi Goldberg. Nothing against her but holy crap, seriously? But as much bitching I do about that, can you imagine looking like one of the most sadistic bastards to ever walk the earth?

***Warning: This movie is NOT family-friendly***

The Devil’s Double (2011)
Director: Lee Tamahori
Written by: Michael Thomas and Latif Yahia
Starring: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, and Raad Rawi

Synopis (courtesy of imb)
A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein’s sadistic son.

Official trailer:

Summoned from his job in the Iraqi army, Latif (who has often been told of his resemblance to Saddam’s oldest son) is made an offer he can’t refuse: become Uday’s double (the term was “The Fiday” meaning bullet catcher)
Latif refused at first and after being tortured plus promised with the death of his family if he doesn’t agree, he finally gives in.

I can’t even begin to tell you how horrified I was for Latif. This is based on his accounts as a doppelganger for one of the most disgusting creatures on earth. The reign of Saddam Hussein has been well-documented and the stories of his sons talked about. I mean, I knew about Saddam but didn’t know the extent of his or his sons’ depravity until later on.

I feel for the innocent people in Iraqi but I have to say that I am forever thankful I didn’t grow up there.

This biopic is probably the last of what we will likely ever know about Uday. I’m sure there are other accounts but to be told from someone who actually stepped into Uday’s shoes is somewhat disconcerting. How Latif Yahia survived without losing his mind is beyond me. Thrust into the world of the Husseins, Latif struggles to keep his soul intact while making sure that people around them believe he is actual Uday. Its insane. I can’t even pinpoint a particular scene without creating a post full of spoilers. I will tell you there a lot of disturbing scenes, A LOT of them.

Dominic Cooper is riveting and delivers a mesmerizing performance as both Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein. He is sympathetic (as Latif) and yet displays a highly convincing portrayal Uday’s psychopathic tendencies. You don’t get the warm fuzzies watching Uday, trust me, even when you see how Saddam treats his family but I’m totally on Latif’s side with this. You can’t help but feel for him.

This is one performance that was totally overlooked by the Academy and they ought to get their asses kicked for it.

You have to wonder sometimes why people act the way they do. Maybe they weren’t hugged enough as a child, maybe they weren’t allowed sleepovers or to stay up past bedtime, I don’t know. I just can’t wrap my head around some of the evil that actual people can and will do. Granted, I love a good horror story but I can excuse it as FICTION. The bogeyman always gets his just desserts in the end.

As for Uday Hussein?

Well…I’m just glad there’s one less evil bastard in the world.

Say goodnight to the bad guy.

5 stars

The Woman in Black – Movie Review

Daniel Radcliffe used to play…uh…what’s that other dude’s name?

The Woman in Black (2012)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds and Janet McTeer
Written by: Susan Hill (novel) Jane Goldman (screenplay)
Directed by: James Watkins

Synopsis (courtesy of imb)
A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

The Woman in Black is based on the novel of the same name by Susan Hill. It tells the story of a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is a widower and single father, tasked with handling the affairs of one deceased Alice Drablow northern England. Once he gets there, he starts to uncover the terrifying secret that grips the tiny village.

Images of a figure shrouded in black, horrific-looking children and a rich, darkly Gothic backdrop makes for a perfect old school tale of horror.  Like that, eh? Oh and those horrid toys? I don’t like evil-looking toys, especially in a setting such as this. They helped greatly with the spine-tingling feeling you get watching some certain scenes. And staying in a spooky house? Not me. I don’t care how much money I was being paid, you will not find me staying in a scary place like that.

Daniel Radcliffe makes the transition from that other guy to one of a young, widowed father rather smoothly. I do admit that after seeing him running shouting Expecto Patronum for a few years, it was kind of a jolt to see him playing a dad. I have no doubt about Daniel’s future career in adult roles.

The movie was pretty good. There were moments where I was literally jumping out of my seat and shouting at the screen “Don’t go in there!!” (Make note of this, my friends, I’m one of those people who yells at the screen religiously lol)

The story didn’t lag once and even though it ending was a bit of a let down, I have to say I was very impressed with it overall.


4 stars