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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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Based of Jose Saramago's novel "The Double", a giant spider spins a venomous web that will trap and well as free. A history professor is obsessed with his mirror image when he witnesses his reflection in a movie, "When there is Will, there is a Way". His repetitive stagnating life is broken into when he discovers his alter ego. He abandons his own self and assumes the doppelganger. He becomes him, his enemy.
Después de media hora de soporífero inicio, se plantean 10 mínutos intrigantes donde podría desarrollarse una buena película de ciencia ficción.
No obstante, la elección del director pasa por el peor de los planteamientos posibles para esa trama que tanto le costó arrancar.
A mind-f### of a film. But in an extremely good way. Recommended
The overall mood, the performances and the music reminded me a lot of The Machinist (and I mean that as high praise), but subtler and even more oblique. This one's absolutely worth rewatching. I'm very curious to compare it to O Homem Duplicado and see how much of Saramago is actually here.
Enemy is a strange and perplexing film, but I found it very intriguing. Jake Gyllenhaal acts his heart out, but it's the bizarre story and its imagery that linger in the mind. If Franz Kafka and Sigmund Freud collaborated on a screenplay it would probably look something like this. Combining the brooding existentialism of David Cronenberg with the dream logic of David Lynch, Villeneuve has created a memorable psychosexual allegory about infidelity and the fear of commitment. And the ending...it delivers such jolt.
Enemy te desafía mentalmente y ese es el gran atractivo de la película. De principio a fin tiene una atmosfera tensa pero a la vez con calma que te hace sufrir y estar a la espera de cualquier cosa.
Su guion deja abierto a cualquier tipo de interpretación y ahí recae su genialidad. Los aspectos técnicos y el soundtrack están muy bien ejecutados. Sentí una gran influencia de Hitchcock por parte del director.
I finished this movie, I turned around, watching my friends' faces, looking for an explanation, something.
All I saw was fucking spiders.
Enemy > The Double.
I don't know what I was expecting from Enemy, but it certainly wasn't this. It's a film I've found myself mulling over the following day, piecing things together, and I enjoyed reading a few varying interpretations this morning. Not one for those who like neatly tied-up endings and everything explained.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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