The venal life of Saddam Hussein’s sadistic playboy son is laid bare by a bravura performance from Dominic Cooper. The Tamara Drewe star plays both Uday Hussein and his reluctant double in a story that reveals the psychotic evil at the heart of ruling family. Ludivine Sagnier is the bling-drenched mistress who finds herself drawn to the pocket tyrant’s doppelganger…at a terrible cost.
If you thought nobody could be much worse than genocidal Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein then you obviously haven’t met his son.
In director Lee Tamahori’s undifying tale, Uday Hussein (Cooper) is your typical spoilt brat…only his petulant vindictiveness is magnified a hundred-fold by the free reign permitted by his father, himself not exactly a model of restraint.
A whining, giggling wretch with an oedipal fondness for his mum, he swaggers cockily around Baghdad’s fleshpots with a gold-plated pistol in his waistband and nose-full of charlie.
One of his tricks as an abusive, sexual predator is cruising the streets in his Porsche and bundling pretty schoolgirls into the back. Their bodies are then found dumped in the desert.