The Devil's Double

Musical Score By: Christian Henson

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Liongateís The Devilís Double, is the true story of Iraqi Army Lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) and his role as body double to Saddam Husseinís son Uday (also played by Dominic Cooper).  Selected for his new role in 1987, Latif must learn everything about the partying playboy with a sadistic nature.  With his familyís lives and his own life at stake, Latifís mimicking of Uday must be perfect.  One wrong move could mean the end of all he holds dear.  But with the approach of war with Kuwait, Latif must decide whether to remain loyal to the Hussein regime or escape the life of the ďBlack PrinceĒ before itís too late.

            The musical score of The Devilís Double was created by British composer Christian Henson whose family make-up seems to have dictated a career in music.  His grandfather was a music-hall star, his mother was a dancer and actress and his father was a singer/musician who became an actor.  From a young age, Christian Henson was interested in music and how it fit with various television and movie scenes.  Having a background in classical music as well as pop and electronic music, Hansonís ability to blend both into a musical score has won him recognition from filmmakers and music aficionados alike.  Some of Hensonís works include the musical scores of Chasing Liberty, Lost in Austen, Severance, Huge and La Rafle.

            For The Devilís Double musical score, Christian Henson did a bit of research, listening to some music from the region in which the music is set and re-interpreting what he heard into a unique sound.  Despite the fact that there are no traditional Iraqi instruments used to create the music on the album, there is a distinct exotic feel to the whole score.  There is also an ominous feeling brought about through the use of music played in low registry and electronic sound.  The ominous undertone allows the listener to understand the danger of Latifís situation and the world he has been forced to enter.  Udayís partying lifestyle is perfectly expressed in the song Liberation (featuring vocals by Dot Allison).  Percussion is used to accentuate that ominous feeling the music brings about, the brutality of Uday and the various moments of action within the film.

            I found The Devilís Double Soundtrack to be rather interesting.  I will admit that I am a sucker for exotic sounding albums, and The Devilís Double certainly fits that bill, but there is more to this soundtrack than just an exotic feel.  It effectively tells the story of a man stuck in a situation heís not quite sure how to get out of.  The conflict in Latifís mind and his observations while serving as body double to Uday are evident throughout the musical score of the film. 

            As a movie soundtrack, Christian Henson has created a fine musical score that serves well in enhancing the visual scenes of the film.  As a stand alone album, The Devilís Double contains an interesting blend of exotic, electronic and classical sound that excites the music lover in me.  Even if the filmís subject matter doesnít interest you, check out The Devilís Double Soundtrack.  You wonít be disappointed.


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