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A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way.
A science fiction epic about forced-allegiances, survival, and eventual brotherhood, Wolfgang Petersen's "Enemy Mine" is a story that would be effective in any genre. Revolving around two individuals, enemies from birth, who form an uneasy alliance in order to preserve their lives, the story would compel as, among other genres, a drama, comedy, or Western. As science fiction, Petersen is able to dress his story in flash and spectacle. That spectacle, however, does not prevent the richness of the narrative and its characters from shining through. With its combination of genre trappings and textured story, "Enemy Mine" makes for an outstanding experience.
Starring Dennis Quaid as a pilot who is shot down over a remote planet, "Enemy Mine" follows Quaid's…
Wolfgang Peterson's 80's science fiction piece looks and feels like an early Star Trek episode, albeit with a little more charm and marginally better make up.
Visually Enemy Mine has dated terribly but its themes of race and war are still sincere enough to carry it and for a film that for the majority is just two opposing characters bonding, it's impressively entertaining.
Ouch. That's one brutal kick in the nutsack for my childhood.
I remember loving this film when I first saw it at the age of 11. I hadn't seen it since but I had always defended it for some reason when people brought it up, based on nothing but memory and nostalgia. So now with this little project of insanity before me I decided it was time to watch it again.
I can't call it a rewatch because after about 15 minutes I could already sense that I was going to remember nothing from it. And as the film gradually proceeded, my mood started to sink leaving me disappointed and rather sad when…
Another vaguely remembered movie from my childhood, dug out and watched again. Funny, I remembered the first half of this movie but after a key point I completely blanked as to what followed.
It's fitting that Enemy Mine is about two opposing people trying to get along. The first half of the movie is completely different in tone to the second half. Neither half is terrifically strong, but neither is completely horrible either (though the first twenty minutes tried my patience a bit with a very slow pace and much name-calling between the characters). Gossett Jr. does a good job acting through heavy make-up and Dennis Quaid does a good job at being Dennis Quaid, which isn't a bad thing…
I may be the only person in this world, that actually likes this movie
I remember being more unnerved than thrilled seeing this as a kid, and I can see why. Though the film has its share of creatures, spaceships and battles (including a couple of baddies that meet a wonderfully gross and lovingly practical 80s effects-created demise), it's really a tale of trans(human) love. That is, Gossett Jr.'s alien, though ostensibly able to reproduce aesexually, comed across as both male and... not, while the friendship bordering on love between him/they and Quaid is nakedly vulnerable, enough to make you uncomfortable at witnessing such an emotional moment. (Between a man and alien, no less. One whose face looks like something between a scab and crustacean, which had added a lot of ick then and…
This started out really naff but I slowly got into it a bit more - Quaid's character is really quite unlikeable to begin with (and well, still keeps this trait for a fair amount) which is an interesting approach to take. The whole "white man berates someone different to him" angle was a little awkward truth be told. Still, I've seen worse 80s movies.
Also there was some really weird editing going on here, which I'm unsure if was down to some TV channel snipping or it really is a bit jumpy.
OK, so maybe it doesn't completely hold up to today's standards, especially with the random narration and Dennis Quaid being Dennis Quaid, but growing up in a segregated city with prejudiced parents, I'm pretty sure this movie had a lot to do with my education about acceptance and embracing differences.
Boy this has aged bad...
I've actually been fascinated by this film since back in the day when I used to see it on the shelves at Blockbuster, but for some reason I never watched it. The story is a classic one of 2 people who should be at odds with one another, but they are forced to work together in order to survive. I tend to like these kind of stories, so there was a lot I enjoyed in Enemy Mine. Willis and Jerry's willingness to totally trust one another was kind of sudden and abrupt, but since I knew it was coming I didn't mind too much.
The effects, well let's just be honest, they suck. The space sequences are obvious models on…
Ah shit. I remembered this being a lot better. Great concept, but the execution can't withstand the test of time. And Dennis Quaid sucks.
Twilight Time Edition! Looks great in blu. Guilty pleasure!
Its kinda 'Hell in the Pacific' in space with two extra chapters at the end. Beautiful crunchy practical effect opening. Great use of barren volcanic locations for the alien world. Two actors at the top of their game. Only let down by Maurice Jarre recycling musical accents from Mad Max III - Thunderdome. Shame because the chilling synth opening work promised much, much more.
A bit cheesy, but man, I rather love this movie. One of them feel-good dealies, y’know?
One of those Sci-fi movies that have been rip offed in various series to death, and for good reason.
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