That system, like the film's whole world, is like a Soviet 2014 as imagined by a Commodore 64 in 1982 -- it's chintzy, clunky, 8-bit. If the story and milieu are familiar, the look is worth sinking into.
Ayoade, the director of Submarine, and his co-writer Avi Korine, have based The Double on a short novel by Dostoyevsky, which itself was inspired by the alienated fantasies of Gogol. For all that, the The Double often feels as indebted to Brazil and Delicatessen as it does to those geniuses -- it's sometimes a dazzling astonishment but also occasionally too much, so over-directed that watching it can feel like reading something typed with the caps lock on, especially toward the end, when Ayoade's inventive repetition starts to feel like just repetition. But most of its 90 minutes tremble with wit and welcome ambition.