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You can't escape yourself
A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.
"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…
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.
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…
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…
film that you have to watch twice and hunt down the meaning on the internet for a hour,
I need to watch this again...
Jake Gyllenhaal delivers, in both roles. The movie is very surreal, but I'm not sure if it entirely works.
Mis expectativas eran literalmente: película de ciencia ficción sobre clones. Pero me encontré con exactamente lo que dijo el director Denis Villeneuve: "Una película sobre mi subconciente. Una película sobre el subconciente de Jake."
Efectivamente es una película sobre el subconciente llena de simbología extremadamente vistosa pero a la vez sutil.
Hay que verla al menos dos veces. Yo la vi dos veces seguidas. Y una vez entendiendo el concepto se puede apreciar magníficamente en la segunda vuelta.
"Los eventos más grandes ocurren dos veces. La primera es una tragedia y la segunda una farsa."
This may be Denis Villeneuve's best film to date (up to & including Arrival) , and that is saying something. Beautifully shot and edited, with a wonderfully and cryptically structured screenplay, I feel like it will take several screenings and the reading of many reviews - and perhaps the book "The Double" on which it is based - to get the full feeling. There's A LOT here to unpack. Right now on a technical and cerebral level it is a masterpiece, and Jake Gyllenhaal's nuanced performance[s] is[are] something truly special.
Chaos is order yet undeciphered
Denis Villeneuve is excellent at creating a mood and then sustaining it. If you've watched a few of his movies you would know that the mood created (by him) is never a jolly one. But it draws you in and doesn't let go, even after the credits roll. Some might find this very quality off-putting, and it's understandable. But in the right frame of mind, this movie is a very rewarding experience.
Jake Gyllenhaal gives another bravura performance, the nuances at display here! It's his movie, the side characters have little screen time but are integral to the puzzle. Sarah Gadon leaves an impression. The script is precise and clever. And there are some great…
2 Jake Gyllenhaals! Kill me twice!
This was not what I was expecting but still good. I want a big spider in my ass.
A beautiful unfolding of Hitchcock and Lynch.
I watched this like a few weeks ago and it is still on my fucking my mind. that is how good this movie is. I would like to thank yourmoviesucksDOTorg for introducing me to the GOOD section of movies. I used to watch all kinds of crappy movies, and now I don't thanks to this channel.
JAKE IS SO GOOD IN THIS MOVIE, even though this is the first work for him that I watch. The story-line GRIPS you from the start keeps u fucking confused wanting more and more from it,then giving u bits and pieces until u have the big picture in the end. BOOM literally.
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