I am at a slight disadvantage here since I have not read the novel by Latif Yahia (one of the two main characters in the film) from which director Lee Tamahori’s (Die Another Day) “The Devil’s Double” has been based on. One thing is obvious from the beginning, this film is stylish, a little loud and definitely filled with sadistic violence as it brings the madness of Uday Hussein, the son of Saddam Hussein into the big screen. It may be a little shallow at its core, … more
Star Rating: The Devil’s Double is sensationalism taken to appalling heights. Rather than adapt the true story Uday Hussein and Latif Yahia into a compelling historical drama, director Lee Tamahori and screenwriter Michael Thomas have instead made a lurid action thriller, one that reduces documented human atrocities to the level of violent entertainment. This is a profoundly wrong approach. The real Uday Hussein was by all accounts a psychopath, his alleged … more
Hello Lunchers. I am a thirty-something guy making his way in Toronto. I am a banker by day and a film critic the rest of the time. Sensitive, sharp and sarcastic are just a few words that start with … more
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