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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 (63 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 (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KGA89ZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,566 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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15 of 19 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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8 of 11 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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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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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Double is a brilliant follow-up to Submarine June 3, 2014
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The Double is Richard Ayoade’s sophomore film, following the brilliantly done Submarine. Once again, adapting a story from a novel, this time Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground, Ayoade showcases his skills as a director.

Influences like Terry Gilliam, Steven Soderbergh, and directors of the German Expressionist era are evident as Ayoade tells the comedic, yet dark tale of Simon James (played by Jesse Eisenberg), an introverted, shy, and unlucky man whose life is flipped upside down with the arrival of his new coworker, James Simon (also played by Eisenberg), who is the exact opposite of him, charismatic, charming, and confident. The Double jumps right into the action; effectively using Eisenberg is the dueling roles. His witty performance is incredible and never falls flat at any minute.

Ayoade shows what an incredible talent he has, with an incredible rhythm to his films. It has the speed of a 1930s screwball comedy, but the charisma, the wit, and the story of something much deeper. The lighting and the sound give the film a 1920s German-vibe or a David Lynch edge to it. Ayoade also uses the same set of actors as Submarine, which is a delight as they are completely different characters and completely refreshing.

The 93-minute story is exciting, fresh, and filled with great actors (with a knock-out performance by Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska), a fair share of comedy and drama, and an interesting plot. Ayoade proves he is certainly a director to look out for.

While The Double most likely won’t be a contender for any Oscars, it is certainly deserving of one or multiple for editing, sound editing and mixing, as well as nomination for score.

The Double is a must-see film of 2014.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars We've been having great luck with movies we've never heard of lately
We've been having great luck with movies we've never heard of lately. This one is well worth the watch.
Published 6 days ago by WBA
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Note to Self: Do not purchase this by accident! Ugh and double ugh!
Published 7 days ago by Ted Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My favorite films. Very atmospheric sets and excellent...
One of My favorite films. Very atmospheric sets and excellent photography. could have been directed by Rod Serling or David Lynch.
Published 11 days ago by Allen Zebrowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 12 days ago by Luis
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all cost
Had to simply stop watching after waiting 40 minutes for it to get better. Someone owes me 40 minutes
Published 22 days ago by JimD
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
J got lss time than carl in stag
Published 27 days ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, Dostoyevsky meets Terry Gilliam's Brazil
Excellent, satirical and thought provoking movie based on a story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. If you liked the movie Brazil or enjoy other Terry Gilliam movies or just like movies that... Read more
Published 27 days ago by SS
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by S.
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