The Devil’s Double (2011)

I watched the Lionsgate 2011 Belgian-Dutch film “The Devil’s Double” on Netflix DVD. I was directed by Lee Tamahori (Once We Were Warriors, Along Came a Spider, Die Another Day, XXX: State of the Union) and written by Michael Thomas (Ladyhawke, The 33). Based on the true story of Uday Hussein, the playboy son of Saddam Hussein, who recruits an Iraqi soldier, Latif Yahia, who he knew from school, to be his body double.

Uday is clinically insane, lives mafia style, and get away with everything because he is the Iraqi presidents son. He has any girl he wants, including trolling for school age girls on the streets. Latif doesn’t like this arrangement but his life and his families lives depends on his cooperation.

Latif and Uday are played brilliantly by Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Reasonable Doubt, Need for Speed, Dracula Untold, Warcraft, TV series Agent Carter).

Saddam is played by Philip Quast (an Australian actor and singer, Hacksaw Ridge), Ludivine Sagnier (a French actress and model, Swimming Pool) and Amrita Acharia (a British actress of Nepalese–Ukrainian origins, Irri in Game of Thrones, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead).

The movie was filmed in the Arab country of  Jordan and Malta which is 50 miles south of Italy. I was first seen at the January 2011 Sundance Film Festival and then released in theaters that July.

Since Saddam and Uday were killed by American forces, the real Latif Yahia felt safe enough to tell his story, used for the movie. He appears on the DVD extras giving his account of what happened to him. It is very interesting.

Also in the extras the director and writer keep saying it is loosely based on the true story but I believe it is a lot closer than they feel they can admit. I thought the movie was OK. I will give it 2.5 out of 5 stars. For more information read Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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