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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…
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…
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…
I don't even know where to start. Enemy was one of my most anticipated films for this year. It is based on José Saramago's book called "The Double" (in its original Portuguese title "O Homem Duplicado") and it was constantly delayed here in Portugal but now I understand why the wait. They wanted to release it at the 4th year anniversary of the death of José Saramago, winner of a Literature Noble Prize in 1998 and one of our the greatest Portuguese writers ever! It was a beautiful homage, afterall this country unfortunately did not praised him as much as he deserved during his life. He had his very own philosophies, he was a very peculiar and different man. He…
Looking up "weird" in the dictionary would show a picture of this movie. But honestly really well shot and acted, and the perverseness and weird analogies added a lot to a somewhat flimsy story . Still a great viewing experience if you have the stomach for it. If you like David Lynch's Eraserhead this a film for you.
Whooooaaaaa! What's going on!? Did I just watch a film or try to solve a rubix cube in my head?
This is a serious piece of cinema. Amazing tone and pacing leaves you on edge throughout. Coupled with a few momentary surrealist wisps and the result is as tense a thriller as I've seen for a while. Subtleties in Gyllenhaal's performance and clues throughout raise a plethora of questions - which aren't neatly resolved by the end. A second viewing is maybe needed to decode this one - although, too much the conceited tease that it is, one too many clues are overly apparent on first viewing. That being said, I'll still have a fair amount to mull over for a while. Overall, it's clever, certainly unique, and very well executed.
Not an easy watch. I was especially uncomfortable during the rapey subplot, but it does fit together into a captivating thriller, definitely among Gyllenhaal's recent career revitalization.
Cerebral and spidery, Denis Villeneuve's take on Saramago's novel brings on another level to this story of intertwined lives. Its strength lies paradoxically in its ambiguity and its in its direct take on a man's relationship with the women in his life. Gyllenhaal does well as two sides of the same coin.
This film is made of tense, The score and brutalist architecture along with the faded out colours and muted lighting all add to the unease. Jake Gyllenhall plays Adam, a history teacher who one day spies his double in a film. He searches for Anthony (also JG) eventually meeting him in a hotel before running out. Anthony follows Adam and takes a liking to his girlfriend, planning to take advantage. Adam appears to let it wash all over him, then decides to visit Anthony's pregnant wife. Only one of them may live to tell the tale.
However, the telling of the tale does not do it justice. Throughout the film there are strange, brief sex scenes, encouters in clubs and corridors that unsettle and intrigue. However, the final shot explodes all the tension and unease in one massive mindf*ck as the pieces fall all around. Ha.
This tense and stunning film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, dives into the nether regions of a young college professor’s mind after he discovers another man who looks and talks exactly the same as him. Villeneuve blends healthy amounts of Jungian theory along with surrealism to create a gripping mystery that is comparable to The Machinist and Memento in aesthetic as well as psychological impact.
The enveloping soundscape created by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans really unsettled me and complemented the warm tones of the film in its subtle yet sinister feel. Throughout the film I felt the same suspense and confusion as in The Machinist, except that Enemy takes a radical unpredictable turn in the end, disabling itself from surface-level…
Enemy is definitely the type of film that just gets better and better with each rewatch. Everything becomes increasingly more clear, but somehow it still packs the same punch it did when I first saw it.
It's both strange and fascinating, and boasts incredible cinematography and two great performances by Jake Gyllenhaal. An excellent piece of art.
What is the cinematic equivalent of an ear-worm? That would be Enemy: weird, haunting and imbued with darkly-provocative imagery.
Not for arachnophobes, Enemy is a multi-layered sepia-tinted dreamscape that cleverly encourages the audience to think it understands what's going on, before yanking out the rug from under their feet.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…