THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE
Based on the life of Latif Yahia, Lee Tamahori’s The Devil’s Double showcases the acting prowess of Dominic Cooper, who plays both Yahia and Uday Saddam Hussein, whom Yahia happens to resemble, so much so, that he’s made an offer he simply can’t refuse: take the role of Uday’s double.
From that point on, Yahia becomes engulfed in the delusions and distortions of the hellish hall of mirrors in which he’s been consigned.
I first took note of Cooper in Nicholas Hytner’s film adaptation of The History Boys, where Cooper reprised the role he originated on stage, and he made an appearance more recently as Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, but it’s here, in The Devil’s Double that he displays his steadily maturing acting chops, taking on the dual role with confidence and certitude, in a film that depicts the terrible consequences of power unchecked and the horrors of a life lived in servitude and fear.
(The Devil’s Double OS and UK quad courtesy of impawards.com.)