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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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Denis Villeneuve has been keeping himself very busy. At the Toronto International Film Festival last year, it wasn’t enough that he had the tightly wound Prisoners making its world premiere, but he managed to have another film finished in time to double dip at TIFF. Though if you end up seeing Enemy (which only got its theatrical release this month) it will be easier to wrap your head around Villeneuve’s ability to pull that off. Smaller in scale, lighter on actors and directing a more local crew, Enemy has all the ingredients of an indie flick. It really feels more like an experimental visual monograph on delusion and paranoia than just your run of the mill film, which goes from…
Villeneuve can make a good looking movie but he picks some boring scripts. Just not the slightest bit intriguing and the ridiculous pacing that's so off from the tone of the film make it so hard to give a shit. It really lacks dynamics. The film is always at the same level whether its the set up or the climax and as a result if feels just consistently humdrum. Lots of moments when the characters actions feel distractingly unrealistic and a lot of unnecessary scenes littered throughout. Feels kind of like a third of the movie got cut. Despite all this, it is a very good looking movie and the score was nice when it wasn't being obnoxious and it was never explicitly terrible. Overall, a lot better than Prisoners at least.
Candidata a pelicula WTF? 2013.
Desde el primer momento, la atmosfera, la musica, la falta de luz y de espacio te indian que algo no funciona en la historia. Y entonces llega el final y entiendes que has caido en su tela de araña y todo era más profundo de lo que parecía.
A Kafka-esque exploration of identity and relationships. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a history professor who spots his exact doppelganger in the background action of a film and seeks him out. Their meeting is fraught with unexpected conflict and panic, eventually extending to their romantic relationships.
Gyllenhaal gives an amazingly nuanced performance as the lookalikes, and director Denis Villeneuve treats Javier Gullón's script with an enormous amount of reserve, letting the underlying distress of the characters percolate for a long time.
The ending may seem to come out of nowhere, but sit with the story for a while before you rush to judgment. There's a lot in here.
Just finished this, now comes the part where I go searching for an explanation...
So apparently director David Villeneuve said this about the film:
"It’s designed to be a puzzle; it’s designed to be an enigma, so it means that at the end of it, you’re not aware what you’re watching. You’re supposed to be disoriented. The way we tried to do it, it’s supposed to be an exciting disorientation, not a frustrating one. I hope that people who will see the movie will be excited at the end, and [will want] to try to find the meaning, because all the keys are there, everything is there to be understood, but it’s not easy to understand."
I'm amazed by how well he achieved that goal, and I completely intrigued by it and I will definitely be watching this soon again.
This wasn't what I was expecting at all and I'm still not really sure how I feel about it.
'Enemy' is an enigma of a film, that contains some of the scariest shots I've seen in recent memory. I can't wait to see what Denis Villeneuve crafts next.
Holy Cow! i have never been this mind boggled about a movie ever before! And strangely i like it. The tone of this movie is fantastic, the score and cinematography are stunning and beautiful. Gyllenhaal does it again! I urge you to watch this movie and try to piece it together!
Prisoner's Jake Gyllenhaal, Now You See Me's Melanie Laurent, Cosmpolis' Sarah Gadon & Blue Velvet's Isabella Rossellini.
it's also directed by Denis Villeneuve, who directed one of my favorite films of 2013 Prisoners with Hugh Jackman & Jake Gylleenhaal.
Didn't really enjoy Enemy as most people did.
I thought it Stoinked.
Jake Gylleenhaal was far better in Prisoners & Nightcrawler.
saw Enemy in theaters this April.
Gyllenhaal gave a nice performance.
just thought the film was boring and flat.
- 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…
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).