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“The Double” Breaks from the Norm

by Clay Bloodworth

The idea of meeting your own doppelgänger or clone has been explored in movies many times before, one of the most current being the excellent thriller “Enemy” from earlier this year. And who could forget 1988’s “Dead Ringers” and the Oscar-winning “Adaptation” from 2002? Each film that has touched on the subject manages to be completely different and they all seem to have their own agenda. But a new flick that may be a bit harder to figure out is Richard Ayoade’s darkly funny “The Double.”

Set in what appears to be the near future, it follows a lonely government clerk named Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) whose unpleasant life is made worse by the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite in personality. Much more confident and charismatic, he begins to take advantage of Simon and slowly takes control of his life.

With an astounding performance from Eisenberg playing both of the contrasting characters (his scenes primarily consisting of lengthy monologues), the film has a sort of Hitchcock feel to it. The cinematography is breathtaking and its style is well refined, making it easy to get yourself lost in it. Because of the great supporting cast—Craig Roberts, Chris O’Dowd and Wallace Shawn—there are some subtle comic moments throughout.

Challenging your perception of other people and making you think deeply about what makes you unique, “The Double” is an absorbing and ultimately satisfying movie experience.

THE DOUBLE
WHEN: 9:30 p.m., Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21
WHERE: Movies 4, 1175 Gulf Breeze Parkway.
COST: $5
DETAILS: movies4gulfbreeze.webs.com