The Double

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Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid office clerk working in an ominous government organization. He is overlooked by his boss (Wallace Shawn) and colleagues, scorned by his mother, and ignored by Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), the lovely copy room girl he pines for. Undermined and undervalued everywhere he turns, it seems that his directionless life couldn’t get any worse – until the arrival of James Simon, his new co-worker. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and seductive with women. Much to Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life, leading to a twisted journey into existential paranoia. British director Richard Ayoade (Submarine) delivers a darkly comic adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novella The Double, shot through with references to such offbeat cult classics as Alphaville, Eraserhead and Brazil. Visually striking and strangely humorous, The Double features a tour de force dual performance from Eisenberg, alongside a strong supporting cast including Noah Taylor, Cathy Moriarty and James Fox. (Dir. by Richard Ayoade, 2013, UK, 93 mins., Rated R, Magnolia Pictures) Digital