Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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…
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…
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…
I don't even know where to start. Enemy was one of my most anticipated films for this year. It is based on José Saramago's book called "The Double" (in its original Portuguese title "O Homem Duplicado") and it was constantly delayed here in Portugal but now I understand why the wait. They wanted to release it at the 4th year anniversary of the death of José Saramago, winner of a Literature Noble Prize in 1998 and one of our the greatest Portuguese writers ever! It was a beautiful homage, afterall this country unfortunately did not praised him as much as he deserved during his life. He had his very own philosophies, he was a very peculiar and different man. He…
Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy is an endlessly compelling and deeply sexual mind-fuck of a film, featuring Jake Gyllenhaal’s best performance(s) and one of the most mesmerizing experiences a film has offered in some time.
Villeneuve’s direction here works like a trance, enveloping it’s viewers in the sickly yellow and muted visual palette that both unsettles and distorts the events that unfold. Confounding symbolism and shocking effects force us to constantly question the lucidness of the narrative, as well as our own perception of the baffling plot. The deliberate pacing and macabre mood work together wonderfully, highlighted by an unnerving score that is sure to rattle nerves in its audience. Contrary to this, Villeneuve’s mastery of silence is amazing, utilizing minimalistic music…
A Lynchian inspired nightmare in the subconscious of a Gynophobic, sexually deprived schizo. The jokes write themselves. A totally ludicrous flick, but it's damn good fun to speculate on its shallowness, having deeper meaning.
If I understood this, it would be a 4, but I'm not ashamed to say I didn't get it, so its a 2.
Enemy is yellow, alright.
It looks nice, the score mixes with the visuals, and creates a good, ominous atmosphere. Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon deliver some great, subtle performances. The movie is slow, but it does a decent job to acclimatize you in the first fifteen minutes, and it's just that kind of a movie. Not entirely successful, but good enough.
I came up a theory about a split personality and how it maybe told out of order, but I didn't really find the movie interesting, nor scary, nor thrilling. I'd think about it more, or maybe even rewatch it, but ultimately, I don't really care.
The thing is; for me to enjoy it, this kind of a movie has to work on two levels: to be interesting and compelling during it's runtime, and to have good mundfuck elements. It failed on the first, and did alright on the second. So, it's a 3/5.
Enemy could be an elaborate, complex film covering many themes just as easily as it could be Villeneuve playing a huge prank on his audience. I knew there was a weird ending going in, and I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for it to come. I thought it happened several times, and then it came - for real. I knew it had arrived. No amount of analyzing and thinking I had done up to that point mattered, because just as soon as the rug was yanked out from under my feet and I had time to process what I had just happened, the credits rolled. Villeneuve, you sneaky bastard.
Enemy really is a great film, even if…
This is what cinema is about.
It's about revisiting, discuss.
It's about interpretation, imagination,
It's about a man and his sins.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
- Ótima atuação de Jake Gyllenhaal;
- Passível de várias interpretações;
- A não linearidade da história a torna confusa.
"The last thing you need is meeting strange men in hotel rooms. You already have enough trouble sticking with one woman, don't you?"
Veanla. No busquen el trailer. Es todo lo que voy a decir.
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