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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…
I don't have many nightmares, I've only ever really had a few in my entire life and Enemy was the latest one. If you're looking for a horror film to watch this year, skip Paranormal Activity whatever number it is, Annabelle and Ouija and watch Enemy because it's more frightening than all of those put together and then some. I can't remember the last time I saw a film that got so under me skin and that's including this year's Under the Skin. Enemy is one of the most ambitious films I have ever seen and that really says something. Denis Villeneuve is a director that clearly has a lot of faith in his audience because 9/10 people will…
Enemy plays out like the cinematic equivalent of a nightmare. There’s a real sense of dread throughout and at times it feels very subdued. Combined with the slow-building nature of the film this is the kind of film that requires patience, but this makes the few moments where the movie explodes far more impactful than they would be otherwise, including an ending that is so sudden it might just be the scariest ending to a movie I’ve ever seen.
Plot-wise there are a few twists and turns to keep you interested but ultimately the film is far more interested in its exploration of the split psyche and the duality of human nature that it inevitably disregards plot in favor of…
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…
I think this movie is a victim of bad timing. Gyllenhaal turns in an excellent performance in dual roles, convincingly distinguishing them with subtlety, but he's overshadowed by his own outstanding performance in Nightcrawler. Even the doppelganger premise is outclassed by The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg, which also came out this year and creates a more complete surreal universe than this one.
It's a slow-moving film that's difficult to engage with during the first half, though it's supported by sparing use of deeply unsettling dream-imagery. It's difficult to recommend Enemy over other similar movies that are available, but it's not a wasted effort.
Interesting and artful, but also kind of aimless and boring. This is stuff that has been explored before and better by the likes of Nabokov and Cronenberg. So yeah, pretty cool, but I already feel it fading from my memory. Gylenhall is always magnificent and I liked the spider stuff. Pretty cool.
Ok, I woke up this morning and can't stop thinking about this movie. I think it might be saying more than I initially gave it credit for, even though it probably isn't saying it with any real consistency or truly overarching agenda. Going to bump up the grade and its spot on the year end list.
A dark, fascinating and intriguing piece of cinema that relies almost entirely on visual storytelling and it's metaphors spread out through the film. An incredible journey of one man and his struggle with himself, his love ones and his life.
Jake Gyllenhaal once again delivers a mesmerizing performance as both Adam and Anthony. Just incredible and defined performances. Melanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon give great work as well playing against Gyllenhaal. The characters are well defined, mean something more and are fascinating to watch during silent moments.
The movie looks beautiful, it moves with such interest. It relies on a lot of visual storytelling and minimal dialogue. It moves with such ease and takes its time to tell its story…
Jake my bby yas. This was a pretty cool movie actually.
Brilliant, self-contained, and strong. Weaves a consistent web (heh) of confusion but still manages cohesion. An exercise in mastery from Villeneuve.
Mothers are domineering, staying faithful is hard, women are super scary. Sounds about right.
Jake Gyllenhaal hat einfach einen Lauf was gute Filme angeht. Auch hier brilliert er mal wieder und das gleich in doppelter Form. Der Doppelgänger-Mindfuck-Thriller steckt voller kleiner Details, die man vielleicht auch erst beim zweiten oder dritten mal entdeckt. Zusätzlich gibt es eines der verstörendsten Enden, die ich je gesehen habe, zumindest für Leute wie mich. Wer also auf Filme steht, bei denen man sich minütlich fragt, was denn da gerade abgeht, der wird auch mit Enemy seinen Spaß haben. Notfalls kann man ja immer noch eine Interpretation aus dem Internet zu Rate ziehen.
Whilst Gyllenhaal's performance in Nightcrawler is getting the most attention, I much preferred his subtler performance(s) in this surreal, complex thriller. The movie follows Adam (Gyllenhaal), a history teacher who one day watches a film and notices an actor (also Gyllenhaal) that looks exactly alike. The two decide to meet, and well, let’s say things go a bit downhill. Dennis Villeneuve previous film Prisoners was fairly conventional, but undoubtedly well made and Incendies was remarkable in it’s own right – but Enemy shows just how truly versatile a filmmaker Villeneuve is. The movie is a nightmarish trance; the off-kilter yellow tint gives an immediate sense of uneasiness. It draws so much Hitchcock-ian level suspense from its minimalist score and cinematography,…
This film is totally for those who have arachnophobia. Not a single spider in sight, nothing that could at all give you nightmares at all. Don't look into it, just trust me on this.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
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