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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 (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KGA89ZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,842 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.

Customer Reviews

This was a boring movie.
Tim McDivitt
To me it depicted a young man's internal struggle to do the things he doesn't have the confidence to do in his everyday life, but his "double" does.
EmMeowCat
The dialogue is snappy and the acting very well done.
Mr. Magnanimous

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Holmes on May 11, 2014
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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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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on 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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Watching ‘The Double’ was a very strange and conflicting experience for me. I found myself trying desperately to like what I was watching, but the more I saw the more confused and detached I found myself, and confused and detached are never feelings I want to have while watching a film. Comparing this to the borderline masterpiece that is ‘Enemy’ was also hard not to do, considering the obvious similarity in central plot point, and yet the two are so vastly different that it almost felt a shame to be making any kind of comparison.

Regardless, my feelings for this film can pretty much be summed up in the tweet I ‘tweeted’ mere minutes after starting the film:

“Twenty minutes into #TheDouble and I’m getting total 90’s Cronenberg vibes, if he were directing a 30’s screwball comedy…”

To some, this will probably sound like a great thing, but for me, it left me unfulfilled. Cronenberg is not a director that I always respond to. In fact, I rarely respond to him, and the 90’s film in particular that I got serious vibes for was ‘Naked Lunch’, which is a messy, messy film. This film’s tone is so deadpan that it feels stagnant, and it tries (I mean, really…so many ‘let’s laugh at the fact that he didn’t get what he ordered’ moments) to emulate comedic cleverness in a way that feels fresh, but it fails. It’s like David Cronenberg found a long lost Billy Wilder script and said, “I can do this”, but he can’t.

The film tells the story of a shy, naïve and somewhat introverted clerk named Simon who pines for co-worker Hannah and watches over his bitter and opinionated mother.
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