Dominic Cooper (An Education) headlines director Lee Tamahori's fact-based docudrama centering on the nightmarish experiences of an Iraqi army lieutenant whose life became a living hell after he was hand-selected to be a "fiday" (body double) for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's ruthless son Uday. Baghdad, 1987: Iraqi soldier Latif Yahia (Cooper) becomes privy to the inner workings of the royal family after receiving an offer he can't refuse. Desperate to protect his family and terrified of making any fatal missteps, Latif studies Uday's every personal tick in order to become the spitting image of the so-called "Black Prince." While some Iraqis might have been honored to be presented with such a unique opportunity, Uday's unparalleled sadism and debauched lifestyle quickly began to eat away at the very core of Latif's soul. As war with Kuwait looms on the horizon, Latif finds himself increasingly drawn to Uday's ravishing mistress Sarrab (Ludivine Sagnier), a woman with her own terrifying tales to tell about time spent with Iraq's cruelest son.~Jason Buchanan
This film is a surreal experience. We only have the story supplied by the survivor, but his story is somewhat compelling. What fascinated me was the inside look at Iraq when Hussein was in power. I'm a student of history and one of my favorites is Louis XIV of France, the Sun King. Louis XIV was cautious by comparison and he WAS a Divine Right Monarch by definition.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
How Baghdad was in the 80's
Exellent Movie.. a must see over the coming holiday's
See the view from the Iraq's people... If you loved Scarface from the 80's then you'll love this movie. Awesome soundtrack that goes with the action packed which is very well played out throughout this movie.
Again.. this movie is a must to add to your collection you'll want to watch again & again... Makes you think at the end and all you can say is "wow" .... takes you to 2003 and enough said...
Very interesting movie about Uday Hussein (Saddam Hussein's older son) and his sick mind. Eye opening as to what it must have been like to be around this family. Suffice to say I am happy to see it in a movie and even more happy to be nowhere near it. Not all historically accurate I'm sure, but a great movie none-the-less.