One hundred mandatory viewing experiences.
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.
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.
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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Spiders as metaphor of totalitarism in which modern man feels trapped. in Adam's subconscios there is a cobweb made of obsessions, frustrations and insecurities, and what is the cause of men frustrations? women, they are spiders that trap men in a cobweb that rapresents marriage, faithfulness, moral obbligations. Adam is afraid to become father, to take resposabilities, to become adut, he feels himself stuck in a boring life, in a rut. When at the end of the movie he burst into tears into the arms of his pregnant wife he finally pours out his fears and at the same time Anthony (his rebel side) dies in a car accident, then they make love. But history repeats itself, first as tragedy,…
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So like umm right now I’m looking to find my exact self. I mean I have a brother but somewhere out there I have a “me” out there who looks exactly like me. He has that awkward smile I have, the same mole on my neck. I’ll probably find him on a youtube channel, on TV, or in a movie or something like that and when I do I’m going to hunt him down and confront him and ask my mother if I was ever a twin. Of course mum will deny everything but I know there is a secret to be found out there and I won’t stop until I find myself. I’ll do whatever it takes to find me!!!..... and when I do.. SHIT IS GOING TO HIT THE FAN.
Stylistically perfect for a horror film. The amber color tones, the ominously sub-bass and cello score, the nightmare insects and dark porn, the bleak high rises (who do a star turn in the end titles) and smoggy landscapes.
But without Isabella Rossellini as the Manchurian mother to add the official nod to David Lynch, I wouldn't really have enjoyed the film or its script (which probably works well in the Jose Saramago original). The playboy motorcyclist actor who has a nasty sideline, the minimal dialogue, the barely sketched-out pale blonde wife/girlfriends who don't even get close to passing the Bechdel test, the professor's monotonous lifestyle, etc. are too self-serious and just not very good.
Blue Velvet and The Shining at least had some laughs.
Strange and wonderful.
How have I just now seen this film?!?! I love movies like this. So thought-provoking. I only wish I had watched it with someone to discuss. I need to re-watch it to pick up on more of the symbolism. And that ending, though!
Enemy (O Homem Duplicado) é uma martelada na cabeça.
Um filme extremamente provocativo, complexo e banhado de simbolismos e abstrações aberto à diversas interpretações, com vários pequenos detalhes espalhados ao redor do longa. Contando com atuações magnificas,principalmente de Jake Gyllenhaal, um dos meus atores favoritos, o filme segue uma narrativa lenta e aparentemente linear que te instiga visceralmente ao que vai acontecer a seguir, mas que ao final vai te deixar com um grande: "o que diabos aconteceu aqui?!" na cabeça, com um dos finais mais inesquecíveis já feitos. Dito isso, esse é um filme que para se entender, pelo menos de forma completa, é preciso assistir mais algumas vezes para captar a sua totalidade, e para aqueles que buscam…
There are some movies you never stop recommending to other people, this movie is in that list.
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Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…