10 Films You Should See at Raindance 2011

Intriguing, provocative, downright weird - here's what to see at this year's indie festival.

Friends with Benefits

It's stifled by its rom-com roots, but the endearing cast and funny script offer their fair share of perks.

A Lonely Place to Die

Ignore the rocky script and this is a cracking bit of boulder-dash.

Kill List

A brave low-budget entry, Kill List is curious but confused. Yes, the unexplained is scary. But you know what? It can also be really unsatisfying.

Fright Night

Someone needs to bite a chunk out of its runtime, but Fright Night is actually quite alright. And that's mostly fangs to Colin Farrell.

The Skin I Live In

A sexy masterpiece that excites as much as it unsettles. Demented, disturbing and terrifyingly brilliant.

Final Destination 5

All the fun of watching the opening of Casualty for 90 minutes. And then some.

The Guard

Brendan Gleeson deserves an Oscar nomination - for Best Racist, if nothing else.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Honestly? You had me at gorilla vs helicopter.

Mr Popper's Penguins

A proposition for Mr Carrey? P-p-p-p-put down the penguins.

BlogalongaBond: Live and Let Die

Put on your politically incorrect wig, brother, for Live and Let Die's Guide to Being Black in a Bond Film

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Star Ratings

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Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 08 August 2011 07:17
Director: Lee Tamahori
Cast: Dominic Cooper, Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier
Certificate: 18

What's hotter than Dominic Cooper? Two Dominic Coopers. It's pretty sound logic and The Devil's Double runs with it. Cooper plays Latif, a ex-army man chosen to be the fiday (body double) for Saddam Hussein's son, Uday, also played by Cooper. Politics, Dominic Cooper and the director of Die Another Day? What could possibly go wrong?

The film starts with the heir to Iraq showing the lowly Latif all his shiny gold toys. Gold-encrusted cars, gold-encrusted guns, gold-encrusted women - if you can name it, he can encrust it in gold. "All I own is yours, Latif! We are brothers!" Uday cries.

This is the part where Latif is meant to be won over by the gold and all the stuff it's encrusted. But he never is.

In an effort to keep things black and white, Dominic Cooper remains stoically unseduced by his glitzy new lifestyle. But Lee Tamahori won't leave it there. Determined to show Dominic's bad side, we see Cooper repeatedly throw garish, gold-encrusted parties and (in one lurid scene) sexually assault a young girl.

It works, but it's unnecessary - we don't need any help distinguishing Dominic Cooper from Dominic Cooper. You can tell from the protruding teeth, sticky uppy hair and mentile outbursts of rage which one's the evil madman. Their accents are equally dodgy, but Cooper's performance is so confident that the two characters are completely convincing.

By the time the second half comes along, the film's refusal to blur the lines or vary the dialogue leaves it floundering for ideas. A neat line in tennis-playing Saddam doubles raises a smile, but there's only so many times you can watch Uday wave a gun around and shout "I own you!" before you switch off and start daydreaming about Kevin Kline's Dave.

Tamahori keeps the camerawork dynamic and the music turned up loud, but The Devil's Double doesn't recapture the tension of the first hour, mainly because it never moves beyond its initial, factual premise. If only the film were more willing to trust Cooper's talent and paint Latif a shade of grey. Or at least encrust him in gold like everything else.


The Devil's Double is a film of two halves. Dominic Cooper is excellent in both.



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