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The Double [Blu-ray] (2013)

Jesse Eisenberg , Mia Wasikowska , Richard Ayoade  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska
  • Directors: Richard Ayoade
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KGA89ZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars YOU'RE IN MY PLACE May 26, 2014
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Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is a rather pathetic introvert. He is "lonely, lost, and invisible" living in a fictional society that could pass for a set on "Eraser Head." Hanna (Mia Wasikowska) works at the same place as Simon and has similar issues of identity. Then along comes James Simon, an individual who looks identical to Simon James except he has personality. He pole vaults to the top of the corporation without knowing what they do.

The film is clearly symbolic and metaphorical, but of what, I am uncertain. One line from the film "giving faceless people immortality" almost seems like a reference to Internet social media such as Facebook. The film is based on a Russian novella by the same name. I have stopped reading Russian novels because there is so much packed into them, they make my head explode.

The novella itself doesn't offer an explanation, although three have been offered by critics:

1) Main character is insane

2) Author is insane

3)'The human will in its search for total freedom of expression becomes a self-destructive impulse.’"

The film was well done as it captured a mood and allowed the viewer to assign their own significance to it. However, this is clearly not a film for everyone. Those who don't like films with massive amounts of symbolism to the point the linear plot doesn't make any sense, need to avoid this one. Dostoyevsky fans are welcomed.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex ot nudity
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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A comic suspense film inspired by an early novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Double is set in a claustrophobic and grim world of imprisoning cubicles, shadow-veiled pathways, and apartment buildings as imposing as they are cold and generic: an inhospitable environment in which the human condition is most unwelcome. It is never specified whether this is the near or distant future or even a type of alternate past, but it is not hard to spot the films from which aural and/or visual inspiration is drawn, including Brazil, The Element of Crime, Eraserhead, and Modern Times. This, however, is not a simple game of cataloging allusions and identifying references for an hour and a half. The Double is a grand entertainment with imagination, rage, romance, wit, and a well-conjured, rather literary atmosphere of bureaucratic menace.

The plot turns on Simon James, a woeful introvert who lives alone and is only barely recognized by his colleagues after seven years of employment. He pines for and spies on one of them, Hannah, but his shy nature restrains him from even trying to establish a deeper relationship. His uneventful life is upended when he encounters James Simon, his doppelgänger, an exact physical replica who is no other way resembles Simon himself. James is charming, outgoing, self-indulgent, sly, and prone to womanizing. At first, the two share a certain truce, with Simon helping James excel on a professional level in return for a personal education in confidence and flirtation, but their coexistence grows unstable as James advances. He begins to lord over and abuse Simon before threatening to erase his existence altogether.

Star Jesse Eisenberg has never scored a more rewarding or suitable part than the dual roles of Simon James and James Simon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doppelganger genre mashup September 6, 2014
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"A" for effort; "B-" for execution. I love a good doppelganger story, but the essence of the plot is muddled until the end -- that is, to question whether James Simon is an extension of Simon James's subconscious or a separate person. The genre [bender] is dystopian sci-fi retro/future (e.g., huge analog buttons on automated machinery) that is visually noir with a Soviet-style claustrophobia.

This is a slow-paced film based on Dostoevsy's "The Double." Only an hour and a half long, it takes over a half hour for James to appear in the film. The tension comes more from the dynamic between the charismatic James and the nebish Simon than it does from their being doppelgangers (unfortunately). But a tension is created nonetheless, and Jesse Eisenberg pulls off both personas quite well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny for certain viewers September 6, 2014
By Chris
Loved the trailer so decided to check this out. I fully understand why people may not like this film, it takes it's own path. Whether it's humor, dialogue, the score, cinematography, etc.
Not as big of a brain burner like 'Enemy', but I was completely invested in the story.
Fans of film looking for something different will love what Richard has done here.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Troubling yet unambiguously brilliant May 11, 2014
By vick
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Okay I watched this film after seeing a preview of it on youtube channel "the creator's project"... Honestly this is one of the best movies i have ever watched, Jesse Eisenberg is an amazing actor, and this film is so amazingly well done! Other than simply being extremely eerie it also stirred up other emotions with me, I can't wait to see this movie with someone else, masterpiece!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant May 10, 2014
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If you have an interest in Dostoevsky, the original book, or existentialism you will likely enjoy this film. If you know nothing of that preceding, no worries, it's still a good film. Jesse Eisenberg was very good in this. Purists to the book may be disappointed, but for what it is it works well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional doppelganger to Dostoevski's classic story of the same...
A very good modern adaptation of Dostoevski's classic. I suspect anyone who enjoyed the book will equally enjoy the movie. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Josher Monstruo
1.0 out of 5 stars A hopeless David Lynch rip-off
If it wasn't for Jesse Eisenberg doing his level best to put in a decent performance this would have been completely unwatchable. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by justin PL
2.0 out of 5 stars "The Double" is not "The Enemy" unfortunately
I thought I would find this film enjoyable but unfortunately it didn't hold my interest because Eisenberg has "0" appeal and the darkness and setting were extremely... Read more
Published 2 days ago by S.
2.0 out of 5 stars Love Jesse Eisenberg Did NOT Like this Film
we watched only 30 minutes of this. It was too odd to continue.
Published 7 days ago by Judi
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip it
It just doesn't make any sense. This has been done before but better.
Published 8 days ago by Kari
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This was a boring movie. Same your time and money; I wish that I had.
Published 11 days ago by Tim McDivitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Also I was billed for something I couldn't watch
Published 11 days ago by Larry Baldwin
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a very good movie. The story line is kind of weak ...
Not a very good movie. The story line is kind of weak and the whole indie film thing is played out to me. The script was nothing special. The movie was nothing special. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Tyler G
1.0 out of 5 stars Doppelganger Dumbness

A a geeky, awkward, timid, shy and basically a push around makes a startling discovery. A doppelganger is out to replace him! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Endora Aphrattos
If I could haver given this no stars I would have. If you're into weird, non-sensical, art house type movies this might be the "film" for you. Read more
Published 17 days ago by G. Curcio
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