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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.
producers: how about you put one color besides yellow in this film
denis: um... wtf...why would i ever do that...
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.
totally get it
i could listen to my brother playing macklemore on full blast all
through the movie and im still giving it 4.5 stars
I wasn't prepared for the level of nervousness this film would instill in me. Enemy's premise is simple, a history teacher discovers he has a doppleganger that is an actor. From there the two of them delve into each other's lives, and things only unravel from there.
I also wasn't prepared for the absolute mind-fuck of an ending that would come as well. It's so abrupt, it completely up-heaves the movie and forces your brain to re-comprehend everything you've seen before. SICARIO is still my favorite of Villeneuve's directorial efforts, but this is close behind. So well made.
Well, this one will have me thinking a lot on the train I'm taking later.
Holy shit. What did I just watch?! I am in literal shock from the ending of this movie. My mouth was open as the credits rolled and I tried to contemplate what I'd just witnessed. Enemy up until this point was already a fantastic, mysterious and layered masterpiece, but those final moments were the icing on a deeply messed-up cake. I'll be thinking about this movie for days, maybe even weeks. It's incredibly confusing, the meaning of each scene, each shot, buried somewhere beneath the eclectic score, muted cinematography and puzzling narrative. Enemy is a maze with no end, a spiralling story brimming with existential concepts. It's a sandbox for the mind to run wild, and those are the kind…
WTF ending. It was going well till that climax. What the hell did happen?
"Enemy" is directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a history professor, who watches a movie after a co-worker recommends it. As he's watching, he notices a man who looks exactly like him, thus embarking him on a mysterious and complex journey.
Lead by an amazing Jake Gyllenhaal performance, "Enemy" takes a somewhat child like idea and turns it into a complex and psychological thriller. There is a lot to take in however, and while it is supposed to be confusing, sometimes it will leave confused without an answer. Aside from Gyllenhaal, Sarah Gordon is also really good here as the wife. Her performance has good weight and she was a great supporting presence. The cinematography is outstanding,…
Tension and atmosphere blend perfectly in Enemy, creating a claustrophobic head-scratcher. Extremely unsettling stuff.
my arachnophobia's rate: 0 stars
In response to the BBC's widely circulated 21st Century poll, the Super Champion Film Zone (SCFZ) held a 21st century…