The Double

 

The Double

Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid loner whose life is tipped upside down when his doppelganger James Simon (also Eisenberg) joins his company.

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Published: Thu 3 Apr 2014, 11:11 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 6:27 PM

British comedian Richard Ayoade continues his rise as a noted indie film director with this modern day adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s novella.

Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid loner whose life is tipped upside down when his doppelganger James Simon (also Eisenberg) joins his company.

Though they look exactly alike, James Simon is everything that Simon James isn’t: charming, outgoing and assertive. And it isn’t long before the pair begin to clash over their mutual admiration for Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).

“It’s a bleak, alienating vision by design, and the cruel sense of repetition that sets in feels entirely intentional, conveying again and again the weight of society bearing down relentlessly on one individual,” said Justin Chang of Variety.

“The Double confirms that Ayoade is indeed the real deal, an ambitious young filmmaker working in a register shared by far too few of his contemporaries,” said Calum Marsh of Film.com.


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