The Devils Double follows the story of Uday Saddam Hussein and his Body double Latif Yahia,a soldier in the Iraqi army.Uday hires Latif to play his Fedai.The movies plot surrounds Latif and the anguish he faces in putting on the mask of a Psychopath that Uday is.
The movie chronicles the life of Uday in the Historical aspect as well as his personal side.Dominic Cooper establishes a perfect balance between the two characters by his Acting prowess. Ludivine Sagnier plays Sarrab,Uday’s personal courtesan.Philip Quast as Saddam Hussein not only resembles him in looks but also the behavior.
The movie switches between the sadistic life of Uday and the light hearted Latif.Uday is shown to be the typical example of a spoilt brat unlike his brother Qusay.Uday uses his power as Saddams son to kidnap school girls and rape them and also leads a Flamboyant lifestyle.Though they are two completely different Individuals the only thing that distinguishes them physically is Udays Teeth.
One notable scene is when Uday and Latif attend a wedding of an Iraqi officer and Uday goes on to rape the bride on the very same day and she later jumps to her death.Uday is sen to show no remorse in being the psychopath he is.
The only reason he doesn’t kill Latif even though many a times,He crosses the limit is his Obsession with himself a Narcissistic Characteristic of his.Despite the movie having real life characters it cannot be considered to be an actual biography of Uday as Western media often tends to exaggerate their vices and negative aspects.
The movie is definitely worth a watch and somewhere it reminds me of Syriana in its depiction of the Arab World.