Reviewed by Michael Dalton
Be it in cinemas or on DVD and Blu Ray, noir is currently getting a shot in the arm with the Sin City sequel opening this week, the much anticipated David Fincher thriller Gone Girl just around the corner and Nicole Kidman’s Before I Go To Sleep a little further away, but for now Richard Ayoade’s murky thriller The Double is on the shelves. It’s the second doppelganger adventure to hit home entertainment in as many months. Denis Villeneuve’s superb neo noir adaptation of Jose Saramago’s The Double, re-titled Enemy to avoid confusion, arrived not so long ago. All the two films really have in common aside from their contention is they skipped cinemas. The Double, an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1846 novella by Ayoade and Avi Korine, has its moments and Ayoade exploits Jesse Eisenberg’s dark eyes and shifty persona to fine effect but the film isn’t a good match for his performance. It just muddles along, unsure of itself. There’s a distinct mood to it and occasional tingles but its too wayward, too slight.