A decade after Robert Rodriguez teamed up with graphic novelist Frank Miller to bring Miller’s celebrated Sin City to jaw-dropping life, their follow-up navigates the same schlocky, sweaty, super-stylised path of bloody crime and bloodier retribution.
British actor turned director Richard Ayoade follows up his sublime debut Submarine with the altogether different – but equally as excellent – The Double. His adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 1846 novella, co-written with Avi Korine swaps the bleak suburbs of Swansea for the anonymous streets of small town USA and, while protagonist Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) may suffer from the same lack of confidence as Submarine’s Oliver (Craig Roberts, who appears here in cameo), this literal identity crisis is less coming of age social comedy and more dystopian neo-noir.
Just as he did with the Samurai genre in 1999’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, writer/director Jim Jarmusch now gives us an entirely different perspective on the vampire movie. A sparkling script and charismatic cast injects a new burst of life into a genre that’s become pallid and toothless thanks to blood-sucking franchises and adolescent fantasies and, together with Neil Marshall’s recent Byzantium, resurrects the vampire as an entirely adult anti-hero.