Pssst, want to check out The Double in our new look?
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Amusingly, this movie also has a "double": Enemy (2013) with Jake Gyllenhaal. Currently both movies have almost identical ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, and icheckmovies. Spooky!
it's pretty well done, but there's a strong sense of having seen it all before. where Ayoade's first film Submarine wore its Wes Anderson & Rushmore influence very heavily, this one is all Gilliam & Brazil.
Richard Ayoade's The Double, based on the Dostoyevsky novella about a bureaucrat who meets his perfect physical double, a man social and charismatic in all the ways he is not, and who proceeds to steal his life. It's absurdist existentialism and doesn't hinge on some Fight Club-esque plot twist, though it certainly explores a similar theme. Jesse Eisenberg does an excellent job as both Simon James and James Simon, by turns funny and sinister. Ayoade creates a world I can only describe as Kafkapunk, something that could be part of the same universe as Terry Gilliam's Brazil or Soderberg's Kafka. A parallel reality where the Eastern Bloc designed your cubicle.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!