I just watched this movie last night on Netflix and just wanted to recommend it and also discuss it if any of you have seen it. It's basically a portrait of Saddamn Husseins eldest son Uday through the eyes of his former class mate and body double Latif Yahia. Its supposedly based on a real story although Latif's version of events have been heavily contested by former members of Saddam's regime and even an FBI agent. The movie jumps around a bit but the picture it paints of Saddam's regime is f*cking insane. It's literally like if you handed over control of a country to a bunch of thugs on the corner. I don't know if some of the events were exaggerated or not but even if 10 percent of it was really happening its still pretty crazy.
There's a lot of action and violence and it's pretty fast paced, it's almost two hours of watching Uday and his thugs doing all sorts of heinous activities. It's like the Iraqi thug version of Entourage.
I would definitely not be surprised if parts of the story had been slightly embellished. but I imagine that even if this guy was telling some lies, they wouldn't be very far from the truth.
everything that I've ever read about Uday pretty much agrees that the man was a pure monster. his father was a monster so what's to expect?
you've got spoiled brats who do cocaine and tear up hotel rooms and charge the damage to their parents credit card. they think that's hardcore. but Uday was a spoiled brat to an evil dictator; literally Dr. Evil in the flesh. that's nothing.
Uday and his entourage would drive around the country doing drugs and playing with people (their own citizens) like they were toys made for them to play with. there are stories of Uday driving by a wedding party and stopping to check out the bride. if she was beautiful enough, Uday would order his men to basically massacre the wedding party, kidnap the bride, and bring her back to one of his many compounds. there she would be raped first by Uday, then by his men, then tortured until she died.
you know, for fun. this would be like an average Tuesday for him.
That wedding scene scenario you described is actually touched on in the movie although with a slightly different ending. This guy was a maniac by most accounts, I read that when the Iraqi people learned of his death they celebrated even more than when Saddam was captured. It's fascinating to me how f*cked up this guy allegedly was, the movie doesn't really go into why he is the way he is but I'd be willing to bet when your father is Saddam Hussein the cards are stacked against you growing up to be a sane adult. People don't talk about him much because he was kind of a background guy and never a national leader but I think he's right up there on the wtf scale with people like Caligula and that asshole that was behind the Rwandan genocide.
Many people question if Latif was actually his double, it's been denied by some pretty high up people in Iraq. I enjoyed the movie it's nothing special but if you're bored and have nothing to watch it's one of those films. I think the actor who played Uday/Latif was absolutely fantastic.
Yea a little I guess if you're equating Uday with Scarface, he even had the same kind of seemingly incestuous relationship with his mother like Scarface did with his sister. Scarface is a much better film overall though.
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