Almost instantly forgettable, Nolan's latest feature might contain some stunning visual sequences but they are squished between mountains of clunky exposition, underwritten characters and cringe-inducing dialogue.
The film takes 45 minutes to actually get started, the Earth-set first act tethered to a very poorly explained future and weirdly simple plan to save it before we actually get into space. When that happens, we find ourselves at a recurring juxtaposition between some of the best visual depictions of deep space ever…
Pretty limp for the most part and its social message with regard to gun control and usage is somewhat uncomfortable, as is its dealings with 'patriotism' which smack of weakly crafted post-wartime nationalist fervor. That said, it's an entertaining and light thriller with a sensational performance from Frank Sinatra, the few shots where he stares right through the lens are electrifying. Sterling Hayden is pretty terrible, though, which makes it much more exciting to root for the bad guys.
Hyper stylised thriller that is something of a slow burn but never not interesting. Usage of music and those bookending montages were superb complements to the general unease garnered by colour palette alone.
Whilst the imagery is there (alongside Villeneuve's predilection for sudden plot shifts as darkly comic reminders of life's futility), I feel like Enemy is somewhat empty. The ultimate notions of fidelity and identity, whilst interesting, are simplistic narrative arcs. Even the final shot, that garners raves, worked…
This was a very confusing film to enjoy. On the one hand, it's completely idiotic and void of meaning (any attempt to find a point to the film is giving it more credit than it's worth) and on the other hand, in certain moments the cinematography is fantastic, it is really funny at times and is anchored by a very good James Franco performance.
I know it's bad, that much I can ascertain. It is not terrible, though. It's no…