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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…
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.
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…
Enemy is not a straightforward film. Events and people depicted may be real or imagined, the chronology is probably not linear, there's recurring spider motifs and the final scene is a genuinely WTF?! moment. Don't expect any easy explanations. But ruminate on it for a while (and it is likely to lurk in the dark corners of your mind for a bit) and it begins to make sense, even if some aspects remain open to interpretation. A gloomy palette and score help create a claustrophobic, uneasy atmosphere which match the themes of oppression and entrapment, also helped by Gyllenhaal's downbeat performance(s). If you're a prospective father worried about commitment, best avoid this. If you are already a father, you'll know all about the spiders already. Or if you didn't, you will after watching this.
Watched this for the first time yesterday after becoming infatuated with Jake Gyllenhaal the previous night after watching Nightcrawler and I have to say he's an amazing actor that takes on roles in films that are braver than other actors.
Thought the film itself with brilliant and I'm definitely going to have to read the book The Double by José Saramago to get the bigger picture of the film.
You've gotta see this!
Certainly not the world's most compelling double film, but some heavy handed symbolism is paired with fairly good dialogue and a strong show by Gyllenhaal. Rosselini's appearance really does reinforce the fact that this question of duality has been done more compellingly.
Es ist schon beeindruckend, wie sehr Toronto hier in Smog, Trostlosigkeit und Bedrohlichkeit zu versinken scheint. Es wird nur nicht verständlich, warum. Ein Doppelgänger ist eine beängstigende Angelegenheit, aber doch eher auf absurde denn akut apokalyptische, lebensbedrohliche Weise. Und auch sonst zieht sich die Handlung lange Zeit einfallslos dahin, ohne einen Punkt zu machen. Bis die beiden sich endlich treffen, erreicht der Film nicht viel. Und auch später wird nie eine metaphysische, paradoxe, undurchdringliche (also sublime) Wahrheit evoziert (den paar Spinnen gelingt das nicht). Alles scheint durch Fakten erklärbar, wenn man sie nur kannte. Angedeutet wird lediglich, was eine Identität für ein Gegenüber definiert, was sich dann aber auf Körperlichkeiten reduziert und also nicht weit gedacht wird. Aber Jake Gyllenhaal…
A fantastic and ominous thriller. I always love seeing people's reaction to the ending.
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Jake Gyllenhaal is so sexy omg
Two Jake Gyllenhaals? Sign me up!!! (ok but this was a v creepy and good film)
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…