Lee Tamahori's Uday Hussein biopic showcases the prodigal son of the world's most evil clan as a sort of oversexed/overdrugged/bi-polar and over-the-top Tony Montana for the post-post war video game age.
Don't be surprised if this portrayal of Uday - a depraved yet restrained and gritty melodrama about the peril of power going unchecked - vaults Dominic Cooper's send up to hip hop's next iconoclastic cinematic hero.
Cooper, who turns in a Parent Trap-type performance as both Uday and thoughtful Iraqi lieutenant who is given a surgical makeover to serve as his official stand-in, lets the blustery tone of the Armani-wearing, golden Glock-wielding, bride-stealing, slash and burning madman torturer and child rapist overtake him.
The caricature of Uday, a blabbing horse-toothed moron whose unchecked insecurity leads only to quick demise for those in his wake, could have been considered parody - we're it not true. Any other reason the audience clapped when word of Uday's 2003 death popped up post go-dark?