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.
Previews: There are a few trailers that play before the feature.