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Devils Double (2011)

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1.5 out of 10 Devilishly Dull
Brendan from Dublin, 14 Feb 2012
Aside from excellent central performances by Dominic Cooper in the dual roles of Uday Hussein & Latif Yahia (Hussein's double) this film has very little to lift it out of the ordinary. The story never wanders off the predictable path, offers only the flimsiest characterisations and throws in the odd bit of extreme violence and real life footage of Iraq to ram home the point that the Hussein's were bad people. Very disappointing.
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Baghdad 1987, Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is taken to see his former schoolmate Uday (also played by Cooper), eldest son to Saddam Hussein. Latif is told that a great honour has been bestowed upon him: because of the great likeness between them, he has been chosen to be Uday's body double. Trapped, tortured and fearful for the safety of his family, Latif has no choice but to comply. He is forced to become part of Uday's hedonistic world of gangstas and pimps where sex, money...

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