Film

100 Day Film Challenge – Day 3 | The Double (2013)

The Double stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, and Wallace Shawn and is directed by Richard Ayode. The story revolves around a man named Simon James (Eisenberg) who is living a typical 9-to-5 life and is pining after a woman he works with (Wasikowska). His life is quickly turned upside down though,  after he witnesses a man commit suicide and a guy who looks exactly like him named James Simon (Eisenberg again) is hired at his workplace.

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This film is beautifully shot and well-acted. Every shot feels grimy and intense. This is Eisenberg’s best performance to date, in my opinion. He sells both men extremely well, and makes you feel for both of them.

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The Double definitely isn’t for everyone. The narrative isn’t explained outright, requiring the viewer to pay attention and work out what is happening themselves.

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I personally adored this film, and got major Brazil/ Predestination vibes from it. I loved the grimy aesthetic, and was captivated by the actors. If you like cerebral films, definitely give The Double a watch. Just don’t blink.

Verdict: 4/5

The Double is available to stream on US Netflix

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