The Devil's Double trailer
Having just watched the trailer for The Devil's Double I'm curious about the age old dichotomy of film versus "based on a true story", a phrase which appears in the trailer after we've seen the action and drama packed trailer.
This is the story of the son of Saddam Hussein, Uday, a man noted for his complete lack of morality, and the man he chooses to be his double, Latif Yahia, whether he wants to or not.
The film is based on the book by the man himself, Latif Yahia (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) who was forced to become Uday Hussein's double, and the screenplay is written by Michael Thomas whose best known scripts are Scandal and Ladyhawke, and with it carrying that message of "based on a true story" I wonder how much of it will be true to real life.
I ask that because the trailer looks very excessive and dramatic, and could well be delivering plenty of film friendly moments, I wonder if that's what the real life story did too?
Here's the plot of The Devil's Double, which is actually the beginning of the true story.
Bagdad, the playground for the rich and infamous, where anything can be bought - but for a price. This is Uday Hussein's world and with his depraved lust for debauchery and immorality, he helps himself to whatever turns him on. When army lieutenant Latif Yahia, is summoned to Saddam's palace, he is faced with an impossible request - to be Uday's 'fiday' - his body double, or have his family condemned to death. In a world entrenched in betrayal and corruption knowing who to trust becomes a matter of life or death for Latif, as he battles to escape from his forced existence.
The Devil's Double is directed by Lee Tamahori who also brought us Next, Die Another Day and Mulholland Falls which makes me think we'll be seeing a film that has a fair amount of action which could be mixed with some powerful scenes and characters. The story certainly has that lined up and ready, but will it deliver.
Here's the trailer for the film which you can also see over Yahoo Movies in Quicktime.