Based on the golden dipped poster and the new flashy trailer via The Playlist, it is apparent that subtlety is not something Lee Tamahori is going for in his upcoming film The Devil’s Double. Based on the story of Saddam’s son Uday Hussein and his body double, this kinetic political action movie looks entertaining enough to spark my interest, but also strange enough to maintain my reservations.
English actor Dominic Cooper, who you may recognize as the young love interest in Mamma Mia, plays both Uday Hussein and his body double Latif, a seemingly innocent peasant. In “Prince and the Pauper” style, Latif is thrust into a world of riches unimaginable and ruthless crime. He is then apparently forced to do things that he would otherwise morally oppose and it appears that he has to find the delicate balance between looking out for himself and becoming as corrupt as Uday.
I always fall for the shtick of one actor playing multiple roles and Cooper actually looks like he does it somewhat well here. As I mentioned in the opening, his performance and the rest of the film looks very showy without any glimpses of subtlety or restraint. Director Lee Tamahori’s other credits include the unimpressive Die Another Day, Along Came a Spider, and xXx: State of the Union, so depth is not something that should be expected. However, the trailer was spirited enough to spark my interest.
Check out the trailer below from Yahoo! Movies and let me know your thoughts in the comments.
The Devil’s Double will be released in the U.S. on July 29, 2011.