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Film Review: The Double

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We live in an age of anxiety, and good old Dostoyevsky saw it coming: “If there’s no God everything is permitted,” he said in 1880. It is a statement often quoted as a moral warning – a prediction that without the Big G overseeing things man would implode in an orgy of hedonistic chaos. But that wasn’t Fyodor’s main concern – he was much more interested in how a world without meaning, fate, or belief might torture an individual human soul.

Welcome to the 21st Century. “Everything is permitted” is now the gleeful cheer of our consumerist overlords. Enjoy freedom! Enjoy choice! Be anyone you want to be! Unfortunately, for people who don’t particularly like themselves this is a double kick in the guts, because not only have they grown up to be a social clod with all the charisma of a P60, they are now entirely and solely responsible for this state of affairs. Nobody to blame but yourself says the modern world – you chose this miserable destiny. You could easily have been a rock star or spaceman but you ended up sitting in your pants, eating Nutella straight from the jar, writing film reviews nobody reads. What a waste.

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Prisoners : A Hidden Truth , A Desperate Search

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Taut is not a word usually associated with movies that exceed the two-hour mark, but at 153 minutes ‘Prisoners’ manages to avoid being one of the sprawling bloated concoctions Hollywood has come to churn out of late. Denis Villeneuve, the film’s Canadian director, has made his English language debut with a tense engaging thriller that achieves that rare feat of being both difficult and highly enjoyable.

Two young girls in Pennsylvania, Joy Birch and Anna Dover, go missing at Thanksgiving. Local introvert, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), a man described as having “the mind of a ten year old,” is suspected, but with insufficient evidence the police are forced to release him. The father of one of the girls, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) decides to take matters into his own hands and pursue Jones himself, with the reluctant assistance of the second girl’s father, Franklin Birch (Terrence Howard). Continue reading