The Double

The Double

The Double

Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska star in this comedy and existential nightmare, based on the Dostoevsky novella, about a man who finds his life being usurped by his doppelganger... From actor/writer/director Richard Ayoade, his second feature after 2010's Submarine. Chris O'Dowd, Ayoade's co-star from The IT Crowd, also features.

"'You're in my place'. So begins meek Simon's descent into a nightmare while on his way to work. Simon is referring to his usual seat on the subway, but it's a phrase with worrying echoes. Because the man occupying Simon's seat looks exactly like him: a double. Ayoade updates the nineteenth-century Russian story to explore timeless anxieties about who we really are. When Simon (Eisenberg) gets to work he finds that this double has usurped his tenuous position in the company. Routinely humiliated by his boss (Wallace Shawn), the neurotic Simon now has to deal with a doppelgänger that is everything he isn't: confident, charming, successful, superficial." (Toronto International Film Festival) 

2014Rating: M, Offensive language93 minsUK
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The Double

Based on the 1846 Russian novel written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Richard Ayoade's black comedy The Double is unique, imaginative and brilliant. Think Wes Anderson meets Brazil & Being John Malkovich. Set in an almost nightmarish dystopian world, Simon James is a shy, stuttering clerk working for a giant corporation. Nobody ever notices Simon even though he...

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Variety

Variety

press

A rigid, one-joke movie that feels hard pressed to sustain any sort of momentum.

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Total Film

Total Film

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Shows the directorial skill – and daring – of a major player, even if it can’t quite escape being swallowed by its influences.

3.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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An effective Pinterest board of paranoia and alienation.

3.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Mirrors aspects of Gilliam, Gondry and the Coen brothers' Hudsucker Proxy... Ayoade uses sound rhythmically, builds farce and tragedy out of the simplest devices.

5.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Finds a man so unable to live his life that a twin-like stranger has to show up to do it for him... the heavily stylized film further demonstrates the actor's ability to create self-contained worlds behind the camera.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Has enough individuality, imagination and idiosyncratic invention to identify it as a true original.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

A rigid, one-joke movie that feels hard pressed to sustain any sort of momentum.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Shows the directorial skill – and daring – of a major player, even if it can’t quite escape being swallowed by its influences.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

An effective Pinterest board of paranoia and alienation.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Mirrors aspects of Gilliam, Gondry and the Coen brothers' Hudsucker Proxy... Ayoade uses sound rhythmically, builds farce and tragedy out of the simplest devices.

5.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Finds a man so unable to live his life that a twin-like stranger has to show up to do it for him... the heavily stylized film further demonstrates the actor's ability to create self-contained worlds behind the camera.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Has enough individuality, imagination and idiosyncratic invention to identify it as a true original.

4.0
0

The Double

Based on the 1846 Russian novel written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Richard Ayoade's black comedy The Double is unique, imaginative and brilliant. Think Wes Anderson meets Brazil & Being John Malkovich. Set in an almost nightmarish dystopian world, Simon James is a shy, stuttering clerk working for a giant corporation. Nobody ever notices Simon even though he...

5.0
0