Akron Film+Pixel Film Screening: The Double
Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.
"The movie is Kafka and Terry Gilliam and the Talking Heads. The sun never seems to shine. Death smirks from everywhere. But the camera and the editing never stop moving. Ayoade knows how to break up space for comedy — he's Jacques Tati through a box grater. You can almost dance to this movie. And here Eisenberg gets a well-written part, something that lets him stammer and react and power-walk, something that lets him think. Right now, no American actor seems smarter."
~~ Wesley Morris, Grantland