The Double vs. Enemy: Which One of These Doubly Dorky Doppelgängers Deserve Your Dough?

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'The Double' vs. 'Enemy': Which One of These Doubly Dorky Doppelgängers Deserve Your Dough?

By Cindy Davis | Trailers | February 11, 2014 | Comments ()


Well now, this is interesting. In the space of a few days, two trailers appear; each tales of young men with mysterious doubles, each adaptations of novels (both titled The Double) and featuring contemporary—if not classic—closely aged lead actors playing two parts. But which one to choose? Ah, the conundrum.

First up, in the position of dork number one is the recently reviled Jesse Are-You-Kidding-Us-with-This-Lex-Luthor-Shit Eisenberg, the fluffy-curled, Zuckerbergian, anti-hero starring in beloved IT Crowder and Submarine director, Richard Ayoade’s take on a Dostoyevsky tale. Eisenberg plays Simon, a downtrodden office clerk who encounters his physical double—with the complete opposite of his own personality—and must deal with the effect the double has on his life. Mia Wasikowska is Simon’s co-worker crush, and the ever-delightful Sally Hawkins, the company receptionist.

The Double premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens April 4th.

Behind theater dork door number two stands our ever-earnest, movie-star wannabe—Jake Gyllenhaal—starring in both halves of Denis Villeneuve’s (Prisoners) one-two punch, and following up his sensitive cop gig with sensitive teacher, Adam, who spies his actor double while watching a film. Obsessed with finding *himself*, Adam hunts down the actor and becomes inapropriately involved in his double’s life. Mélanie Laurent is Adam’s befuddled girlfriend, and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), his double’s wife.

Based on Nobel Prize in Literature winner, José Saramago’s The Double, Enemy also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens March 14th.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) is very confused.

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