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The Double - Film Review

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by Eleanor (subscribe)
English exchange student exploring Australia
Published May 27th 2014
Double trouble drama

The Double, directed by Richard Ayoade, was quite different to any other film I have seen at the cinema. With the main character Simon (played by Jesse Eisenberg, well known for his main lead in The Social Network), living out his life in a dystopian society and going seamlessly unnoticed throughout life and work with almost everything going wrong for him. A disappointment to his mother, living in what appeared to be similar settings to the George Orwell 1984 tower block and having no luck with his crush on Hannah (played by Mia Wasikowska, known for her lead in Alice in Wonderland).

Simon then has the horror of having his 'double' turn up as the newest member of the government agency he is working for. His physical double is everything Simon isn't; a hit with the ladies, charismatic and rather arrogant. Their friendship is short-lived when his double gets involved with Hannah and he takes advantage of their physical similarity within the work environment.

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Simon and his double (Jesse Eisenberg)

The Double does have a rather slow plot line which drags out much of the duration, with a somewhat grim ending; I suggest if you want something happy and upbeat I would give this one a miss. However it is cleverly written and does have a few highly amusing scenes throughout. A good choice if you are looking for a film with a difference.

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Why? A more unusual plot line
When: Now showing
Where: In seleted cinemas
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