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You can't escape yourself
Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with PRISONERS director Denis Villeneuve in this sexy and mind bending thriller. Adam Bell is a glum professor who has grown disinterested by his ordinary life. When Adam discovers a man who appears to be his double, the identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and hauntingly intertwined. Gyllenhaal is transfixing playing both roles, journeying through a world both familiar and strange. The film’s final and unnerving image will not be soon forgotten by audiences. In the end, only one man can survive.
"Chaos is order yet undeciphered."
Well, that was a mind fuck if there ever was one. I don't think I can remember having left a theater so confused before. I turned to the man next to me, who I noticed had also gone to see the same film, and noticed that he was shaking his head. "What did you think of it?," I asked him. "Not good... not good at all." And I totally understood where he was coming from, because who could have been prepared for a film (or an ending, for that matter) like that?
Yet I was not on the same page; I loved Enemy. I LOVED it. Maybe it has to do with my appreciation for…
It's difficult to articulate the skin-crawling, bone-chilling and spine-tingling aura of Denis Villeneuve's Enemy. In the full 90 minutes, we cross and recross the emotional spectrum all the while mesmerised by the films surreal tone and eeriness. Mystifying to all upon first inspection, the film was never intended for lethargic audiences. It was intended for the analytical and inquisitive who constantly and passionately congregate the clues in an attempt to solve the bamboozling riddle. I, myself, may not have unlocked all of Enemy's secrets, but I knew I was in the company of a masterpiece. An innovative, spellbinding, and horrifying masterpiece.
If you look at Enemy from one perspective, you may perceive a gripping thriller delineating two people who physically…
Another incredible effort from Denis Villeneuve! Enemy is a very unique, intriguing and puzzling journey, having a brilliant performance from Jake Gyllenhaal. I was captivated by the story and the way it takes unexpected turns as it progresses. I just love when a movie is packed with interesting symbolisms and ambiguous characters. Once you realize the truth behind the two identical individuals, you understand it’s a story that explores mainly the reluctance to commitment. Jake Gyllenhaal shows great intensity in playing two very different characters, being quite memorable here. Villeneuve is quickly becoming of my favorite working directors nowadays and I can hardly wait to see what he’ll come up with next.
The quote from José Saramago's novel The Double, from which Enemy, is based reads, "Chaos is order yet undeciphered". My first thought was to keep it in the back of my mind for later, so naturally forgetful I wrote it down. With the reaction to Denis Villeneuve's Enemy as strong as it has been I was expecting either the next Inception (or, "hey, that was really great, but what's all the complexity fuss?") or a true mind-boggling puzzle. The key to finding out what it is, however, is right in that quote.
Enemy is that chaos demanding to be deciphered. It's a puzzle that only half arranges itself, waiting for its viewers to do the rest of the work in…
Just last September, Denis Villeneuve's english language debut Prisoners was released to theatres. So naturally, it was a surprise to me that he would come back so quick with another film. And, while I believe Prisoners to be a quality film, and one of the better ones of 2013, it was a rather conventional film. It followed the conventions of an ordinary thriller, but was propelled due to its magnificent ensemble cast, and beautiful cinematography. With this, the story, while following a linear structure, was haunting too.
Yet, when I saw Enemy, I was stunned. This is a different film, unlike any that I've seen before. While Villeneuve…
Beautifully shot and exceptionally acted, Enemy is a nightmare of a film for both its protagonists and its audience. Before I start to theorize like a moron, I have to say a few things without spoilers. Enemy showcases just how good an actor Gyllenhaal can be. The subtleties in his performance are extraordinary. In mostly wordless scenes he still manages to give each version of his characters an identity. Melanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon are both stunning as well, with Gadon blowing me away completely in many a scene where her expressions are worth a thousand words. Vileneuve has shot everything in a sickly, nicotine stained palette, instilling his film with a disturbing atmosphere from the get go.
DIdn't understand much, but I still liked it. Gotta think about this one.
what a fucked up movie
i liked this fucked up movie
This is my first review on Letterboxd, so forgive me if it's a complete mess.
The movie is about this guy, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who sees a guy that looks just like him. He becomes obsessed of finding out who this guy, and this is all I can say without spoiling anything.
When I sat down and watched the film, I only knew this much, and I didn't know what was about to happen. This movie seriously fucks your brain. When the movie was done I was like "What the fuck did I just watch?!", even though I didn't understand it. At this point I might have given the movie a 3 or 3½ stars rating. It was only…
"A film about my subconscious" says Denis Villeneuve. Hmm, well maybe you should just find somebody who wants an open relationship or something then your problem is solved. But NO, women are literally evil spiders trapping me in their webs (heavy symbolism included) because I want to have sex with everyone! I'm SO upset and oppressed please think of my poor hetero feelings. :(
I wasn't prepared for this.
Surrealism just isn't really my bag, man...
I'M SO CONFUSED
This movie defines somber. Turn some lights on, don't speak like you are at a funeral, and things may get better. (Don't hate me, I get that these characters are unhappy and the settings and pacing parallel internal struggles, but really who doesn't turn lights on?)
If you like puzzles and dig into how tightly conceived, plotted, and executed this movie is you are in for a real treat!
Great performances all around! Definitely worth your time.
My only concept complaint: How does an actor who's played in 3 bit parts have so much money? I guess we don't know what his wife can afford, but his discreet hobbies indicate that he is pretty well off.
Espectacular juego metafórico propuesto por Villeneuve, que aparenta ser de ciencia ficción, pero que sólo es una explicación psicológica de la naturaleza del hombre sobre las identidades y como se alienan estos con la sociedad.
Gracias a unas cuantas teorías que revise por allí (y darle vueltas durante horas en mi cabeza) logré captar el producto completo, pero no hay que darle muchas explicaciones a lo que se vio.
Es concisa, sencilla pero con peso, tensa (gracias a su genial banda sonora), y con un genial Gyllenhaal, que hizo lo que le pidió el director, pero que sé que pudo dar muchísimo más. Además de contar con un impactante final.
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