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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…
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…
The puzzling/beguiling nature may discourage or frustrate, but Enemy is riveting and creepy; the jaundiced color palate and dissonant, woodwind-led soundtrack announce mental distress and the surreal imagery is unsettling.
While a definite meaning may not be immediately agreed upon or intended, it seems certain to involve troubled men feeling trapped by women they mistrust and misuse.
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…
Its rare that I will immediately re-watch a film immediately after its initial viewing, but this one practically begs for it. A thriller mystery with a very personable and relatable theme hidden under the guise of spiders and doppelgangers. Very unique and most definitely memorable
I've encountered another Under The Skin. A film that confounds me and I cannot simply give it an ordinary ranking or grade. Watch it and watch it closely. No distractions. You will NOT regret it.
Ich würde gerne eine intelligente Analyse zu dem Film schreiben, eine schlüssige Erklärung oder wenigstens eine ganz normale Kritik. Bei "Enemy" ist es aber wirklich schwer und deswegen bleibt es bei einem etwas verwirrten aber überzeugten WTF.
Wenn ihr mal etwas ganz anderes, ruhiges aber trotzdem extrem spannendes sehen wollt, leiht euch den Film aus. Ich habe den Kauf nicht bereut.
A puzzle that was never enticing to solve.
But one that I will probably turn over in my mind again and again just because the images are so striking it's unlikely to fade from my memory. That last shot alone. Like a spider trapped inside my skull.
This film makes no effort to be your friend, ironically titled 'Enemy'. The first thing that you realise that is quite wrong is a long winded, squaky, violin and double bass that very quickly majorly gets on your nerves. And not in a good getting on your nerves way, in a kind of wow.. this director should listen to some CAN music kind of way. But I suppose the major flaw in this movie is it just tries so damn hard to be arty, mystical and metaphorical, reducing itself to a constipated gallah - that can never really take off or seize the moment. The ending you could just imagine the crew sitting around doing a few cones, and then speed dialling M. Night Shyamalan for consultance.
This is such an amazingly better film than Prisoners thanks in no small part due to cutting all of the fat. Even Gyllenhaal in two roles seems to have his ticks flayed from his body. This isn't to say that the film is without its faults. The cinematography probably didn't need to look like piss christ and when it does come up the dialogue is embarrassingly awful as if written by someone who doesn't quite get english. I also didn't fully buy the obsession by the actor especially when it switches point of view to a far less interesting marital drama, but that's just nitpicking. Where the film is great is in the use of silence which is eerie and expressive in a fashion that seems molded on Borges which might be part of the original story, but is done so cinematically here especially in the opening scene that it might as well as be an original connection.
Score: 3 out of 4 stars (Grade Equivalent for Me: B+)
My full review on WeLiveFilm: N/A
Der Film hat eine ganz komische Stimmung, aber sie hat mir sehr gut gefallen.
Jake Gyllenhaal spielt seine zwei Rollen sehr gut, aber auch die jeweiligen weiblichen Gegenparts sind sehr gut. Und die eine hat mich vom Gesicht an Danaeris Tagarien aus GoT erinnert.
Auch wenn der Film nicht wirklich einen Sinn macht, war ich bis zum ende gepackt und konnte keine Sekunde weg gucken.
Ich bin mir sicher dass er nicht jedem so gefällt, aber ich steh auf Strange dinge :D
- 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).