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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…
"As you watch [these kinds of] films, you think about what they're trying to say, or what they 'mean', or on a much simpler level, what the heck is happening from one minute to the next. But at a certain point you realize that on the simplest level, such films are saying: 'Here is an experience that's nothing like yours, and here are some images and sounds and situations that capture the essence of what the experience felt like; watch the movie for a couple of hours, and when it's over, go home and think about what you saw and what it did to you.'" - Matt Zoller Seitz
The enemy of my enemy is my friend is myself is my wife is my spider is...
I'm gonna be honest, I don't have a clue. I may be onto some of it. Time to hit Internet discussions and get some insight on this wonderfully put together enigma.
Ever see a movie you just wish to god you hadn't watched? That's Enemy for me.
Holy fucking shit!
That's all I can say.
"Chaos is order yet undeciphered"
i am so CONFUSED. just when i think i know what the hell is going on in this film, the ending happens and i... wow, okay. oh, and, one more thing... i HATE spiders!
after reading that explanation *whew*
Mother of God.
Wt actual f
Reason #283388373829292937392929272920022 why IMDb ratings are full a' crap. Do not hold that number against me, but I guess most people don't know a good movie when they see one.
Here's the funny thing: I rented this movie, just like the Adam character rented "his" movie...I swear, if I actually saw my doppelgänger in this, I would have a heart attack.
This > Prisoners
As if I didn't have arachnophobia already. Damn.
Of course, this is one of my new favorites, but WHAT WAS WITH THE SPIDER?.!?!!
No need to analyze in the comments. I wanna avoid spoilers for other people who have yet to witness the sheer brilliance of this picture.
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations
(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)