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…
Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy” might have the scariest ending of any film ever made. While such a proclamation no doubt seems both wildly hyperbolic and uselessly broad (how to compare the sudden revulsion of “Don’t Look Now”’s final shots with the icy, germinating dread imbued into the haunting last shot of a film like “The White Ribbon”?), viewers of certain predispositions and phobias will invariably sign off on such a statement as “Enemy” abruptly cuts to its closing titles.
A strange and agreeably pretentious adaptation of the late José Saramago’s novel “The Double”, Villeneuve’s film is faithful to the source material in broad strokes, but also enjoyably overeager to spotlight and sexualize the text’s most sinister undercurrents. One of two Villeneuve…
Maybe being a fan of ambiguous cinema rose tints my opinion of Enemy to an extent- but this is a riveting, still and unflinching account of the mundane vs the desire to live vicariously through glorified memories and it is done very commendably.
Gyllenhaal is unsurprisingly brilliant and although I may be revisiting Enemy quite soon, its thought-provoking plot and direction has made for a particularly enjoyable first time viewing.
how many spiders did Jake Gyllenhaal fucked? we'll never know....
Let me preface this by saying I love everything else Villenvue has ever done and I'm always down for an arthouse flick and love a lot of them. Enemy was not one of them.
I get it, and I don't like it.
Right off the bat it was made clear that Enemy had no real people in this film. Both versions of Jake Gyllenhaal were bizarre caricatures of real people that never answered questions and left vague statements to be taken the wrong way so that other non-characters could react, thus creating drama and moving the story forward. No one in this film knows how to talk like a real person and it kills me, not to mention the fact…
I can't decide if this film is really, really clever or I've put too much thought into the concept of it. It's extremely hard to explain, especially without resorting to spoilers, and I'm still not sure I get the relevance of the spiders. My wife didn't get it at all and in trying to explain the timeline to her I lost the plot a bit myself.
Who pissed on the frame?
Denis Villeneuve is one of my favorite modern directors, probably because he just knows how to pull you into a an ominous state of mind- but one that is pleasurable to the senses because his films look so fucking good. They are impeccably shot and photographed.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays two complete lookalikes in Adam and Anthony, whose discovery of each other completely upends their whole worlds. Each character is distinct and separate. Sarah Gadon and Melanie Laurent play their respective partners, who, whether they know it or not, also will be changed permanently by this discovery.
Enemy is clearly in the legacy of David Cronenberg, what with the Toronto setting, Sarah Gadon, as well as the Dead Ringers mirroring. Its…
Even though this was only my second viewing of Enemy, the film is definitely something I keep revisiting in my head now and then. I have an idea of what it's about, although I might never unlock the story completely. I kinda want to keep it that way, though, because quite often the mystery tends to be more interesting than the answers!
Great cinematography and music that's very good at creating a tense mood. Unfortunately, this mood is persisted from the very first scene, and it never relaxes—the effect is that I experience tension fatigue, and eventually stopped being surprised or intrigued. A more balanced directorial style would've been more effective.
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