Propaganda film, ordered film or tele-movie ? Full of clichés, a disappointing work from Lee TAMAHORI director of the excellent "Mulholland Falls" & "Once we were Warriors". ====== Film de propagande, film de commande ou téléflm bourré de clichés ?? Grosse déception venant de Lee TAMAHORI réalisateur des excellents "Hommes de l'ombre" & "Once we were Warriors".
This was never likely to be some virtuoso Bertolucci-esque exploration of trapped, perverse souls. Yes, Tamahori and Cooper's psycho Uday is all loud clothes and fast cars, but as such it's a guilty pleasure. Uday was a self-parody, and the film's biggest failing is to show the double as merely a better person who happens to look the same as the original, rather than the original's possibility of a purer life.
Dominic Cooper is very good here but is unable to compensate for what is really a down and dirty 80's style exploitation flick. It often seems like they were trying to match the brilliance of De Palma's 'Scarface' but instead wind up with a Bronson or Van Damme straight to video style clunker. Ludivine Sagnier is woefully miscast here and Mr. Tamahori unfortuantely continues his downward slide. Disappointing.