Enemy of the State

Enemy of the State ★★★★

"Brave new world out there." For a movie rooted in cutting edge technology from 1998, this is still shockingly fresh and relevant—and hard to believe was made before 9/11. It's also a turning point for Scott, where his style becomes more focused and distinct, with saturated colours, expressive cinematography, and more fine-tuned cutting. Smith is good at the centre as a wrong-man-on-the-run, but this really takes off when Hackman shows up and keeps the plot moving. The screenplay is very well structured, and this is impeccably paced—constantly in motion, always exciting. We didn't know how good we had it back then.

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