Watchlist of movies that only you and your best friends might appreciate.
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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…
Clichéd, sometimes clunky, often predictable, and with sometimes cheap SFX, this is still a very entertaining film with Gossett's performance elevating it above many of its genre peers.
Nette Geschichte die das Sci-Fi Setting gar nicht gebraucht hätte. Ab der Hälfte wird es aber zu schnulzig und komisch.
Still a delightful and big-hearted sci-fi character piece. Quaid is excellent but Louis Gossett Jr. is truly astounding. He should have picked up the Best Supporting Oscar for this, rather than An Officer and a Gentleman.
A bizarre, sometimes tonally askew but otherwise entertaining science-fiction yarn that espouses peace during times of war - the '80s weren't the most peaceful of decades for America after all - and anti-orientalism.
There's so much potential in this premise and moments of brilliance shine through, but overall this reimagining of the "The Defiant Ones" suffers from the generic blandness of many 1980s science fiction films.
I always use to be nostalgic about movies, I do remember a time when imagination was evident in every part of a production, when film posters were dynamic, visceral and iconic, when films looked like they were shot on film and not an HD camera with a sunset tint, when scores were done by orchestras instead of synthesizers and death metal guitars and, most important of all, when the lack of CGI technology forced the filmmakers into achieving visual effects through more practical means.
The 80s were filled with such movies and, looking back, I am glad that I grew up in that decade. Children now are exposed to altogether soulless movies.
If you like the look and feel of…
Firstly I would like to say the sets are good, sadly that is about the only good thing I can find to say.
The alien is at least plausible and considerably more intelligent than his human companion who is apparently deranged or retarded or both.
The dialogue is appalling, the acting worse, the music terrible and I doubt the director was even there.
I might have been more impressed if I had seen it 30 years ago though I seriously doubt it.
I tried to watch it, I really did as it came recommended but by the one hour mark I could take it no more.
Sci-fi flick with Dennis Quaid and Louis Gosset Jr, in an impressive makeup for the time, that failed at the box office but became a cult movie since then. It's technically dated, but its message survived.
Aww man. I was so into Enemy Mine for its opening half an hour or so. The sets are staggering in their scope. The effects are top notch, and Louis Gosset Jr.'s make-up is incredible. The thick mid-80s aesthetic appealed to me big time, and I felt that I was in for a fun enemies-becoming-pals story. Then it all falls apart and turns into a teary snoozefest with Dennis Quaid teaching an adopted alien son how to play American football. The message of the film, as obvious as it is, is not the problem, it's just the dull way it goes about presenting it. Its finale featuring a scenery-munching Brion Jones (love that guy) is a lot of fun and…
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