Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with PRISONERS director Denis Villeneuve in this sexy and mind bending thriller. Adam Bell is a glum professor who has grown disinterested by his ordinary life. When Adam discovers a man who appears to be his double, the identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and hauntingly intertwined. Gyllenhaal is transfixing playing both roles, journeying through a world both familiar and strange. The film’s final and unnerving image will not be soon forgotten by audiences. In the end, only one man can survive.
ActorsStarring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini, Stephen R. Hart, Joshua Peace, Loretta Yu, Tim Post, Darryl Dinn, Kiran Friesen, Alexis Uiga
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a history professor whose life gets turned upside down when he finds his identical double in a movie and decides to find out more…
Despite its mainstream lead, this is an arthouse movie. And a boring one unfortunately… It’s hard to describe why without spoilers – it is one of those movie that needs analysis during and after viewing to make sense. So I won’t go into that kind of analysis to avoid the spoilers.
Watch it if you like slow, enigmatic movies about one’s self and self perception. But don’t expect too much – just because it is artsy doesn’t make it deep and meaningful… The concept is really hard to keep interesting for even a mere 90 minutes. Maybe a 30 minute short would have been more suitable.
I say: skip it.