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'The Devil's Double' review: Real life sensationalized without purpose

**1/2 (out of four)

Saddam Hussein’s son Uday (Dominic Cooper) is such a giver: He generously invites/kidnaps underage girls back to his home, and he forces guests at his birthday party to strip down so, uh, they can be a little cooler. For many reasons this guy’s got loads of enemies and several responsibilities he doesn’t want to do, so he enlists look-alike Latif (also played by Cooper), a much-friendlier guy, to be his on-call stand-in. It’s kinda like “Multiplicity” with only one duplicate and a lot more bullets.

The buzz: You can be forgiven if you thought “The Devil’s Double” was the original name for KFC’s absurd, double-chicken breast Double Down sandwich. Less forgivable is saying “Dominic who?” since Cooper’s been delivering standout work in both solid movies (“An Education”) and mediocre ones (“Mamma Mia!”) for years.

The verdict: So apparently Latif was a guy who always kept his hands clean and slept with Uday’s favorite gal (Ludivine Sagnier of “Swimming Pool”) with no consequences. Whether or not that’s true, “The Devil’s Double” presents its relationships without convincing depth and threatens to become just another flashy, occasionally nasty tale of drugs, guns, henchmen and babes in bikinis. Luckily Cooper’s magnetic in both roles; he shows that Uday’s not a confident madman, just a privileged, immature brat (who’s also dripping with cruelty) looking for any form of support system. He is cocky enough to wear a cowboy hat with matching Hawaiian shirt and shorts, however, because who dares to make fun?

Did you know? Latif marvels at the sight of seeing Saddam playing tennis against his look-alike. No matter what happens, Saddam wins!

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Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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