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Enemy
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11 months ago By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Denis Villeneuve

Actors:
Jake Gyllenhaal
Sarah Godan
Isabella Rossellini

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A lonely history teacher becomes obsessed with an actor who looks exactly like him after catching one of his movies, but the closer he gets to the truth, the darker his world becomes.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I knew nothing of this film before getting it for review, but seeing that Jake Gyllenhaal was the main character, I was excited. Iím a huge fan of Gyllenhaal. DONNIE DARKO is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I can honestly say Iíve enjoyed all of Gyllenhaalís work. Heís a phenomenal actor, and ENEMY proves that his depth and ability to delve into the unknown is nearly unrivaled.

This flick reminds me a lot of EYES WIDE SHUT. There are similarities in our main characterís obsession to live beyond his means. The way in which he does this is completely open to interpretation. The opening scenes of the film have Gyllenhaal and another guy walking into some sort of weird backroom sex club reminiscent of the auction room in TAKEN where the kidnapped girls come out on stage to be bid on. This isnít that, however. And as far as what ďthisĒ actually is, damned if I know. I was intrigued up until I saw the spider. I hate spiders.

I spent eight years in Toronto, and consider it my second home. This flick was shot there, and I have to tell you, they did an amazing job at taking one of warmest, vibrant cities in Canada, and turning it into a creepy, baron type wasteland of a city. This filmís tone will slither under your skin, and is combined with a pitch perfect score that will have the hair on the back of your neck tingling. The bizarre imagery, specifically spiders, was unbelievably unnervingóespecially the panned back view of the city with a huge spider swaying back and forth in its center.

ENEMY isnít a film that can easily be put into a specific category, nor is one I can tell you much about without ruining the experience. Suffice to say, itís exactly that, a fascinating experience that some will find bewilderingly absurd, while others will nod their heads in approval. I enjoyed it. The final scene threw me for a loop (sweet mother of God), but I respect the idea here and love the open ended duality of it all. This abstract painting is worth a look, but just when you think you have it figured out, it transforms into something completely different. Sometimes thatís a good thing.
THE EXTRAS
Lucid Dreams: The Making of Enemy: Director Denis Villeneuve along with the cast and crew, delve into the mystery and inexplicable nature of this film which is based on the novel, The Double. There is a lot to take in here, and for every answer to a question, there seems to be five more questions. Everyone worked well with one another and everyone thought Jake was bomb, yo! I agree, he totally was.

Previews: There are a few trailers that play before the feature.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Flicks like this are ballsy to be sure, but when done correctly, they stand out as brilliant pieces of art in motion. ENEMY isnít for everyone, but provocative minds will enjoy the debates that are bound to follow as the credits begin to roll.
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3:44AM on 07/30/2014
That final shot was such a huge "fuck you" to the audience. Loved this film: 9/10.
That final shot was such a huge "fuck you" to the audience. Loved this film: 9/10.
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