Friday, July 29, 2011

Deranged Devil's Double

The Verdict:  

Dominic Cooper's (Mamma Mia!, The History Boys) wonderfully deranged performance as Uday Hussein in The Devil's Double has Oscar-worthy written all over it!
Cooper invokes the evil spirit of Saddam Hussein's brutal son who picks up and rapes school girls, rapes brides on their wedding day and kills anyone who disagrees with him.
Cooper's depiction of Uday Hussein is so real, it feels like you are watching the horrors once acted out by the real life Hussein! 
Cooper is so brilliant he is able to to portray another character within the same film--- Latif Yahia--- the man Hussein forces to be his body double. In playing Latif, Cooper invokes a sensitive yet strong and rational character. It's very amazing to watch him switch on the crazy Hussein then switch on the calm Latif. At some points I thought there were two separate actors playing them because it was just too unbelievable to see Cooper's dual role.
This disturbing based-on-a-true-story film and Dominic Cooper's intense, dazzling performance will  stick with you long after you leave the theatre--- whether you like it or not!


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