ENEMY

Bizarre and Slow

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Release Date: March 14, 2014

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: A24 Films

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Executive Producer: None

Producer: Niv Fichman, Muguel A. Faura

Writer: Javier Gullón

Address Comments To:

David Fenkel
A24 Films
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New York, NY 10001
Phone: (646) 568-6015; Website: www.a24films.com

Content:

(HH, B, AC, LL, VV, SSS, NN, A, D, M) Strong humanist worldview, with brief dialogue about the nature of tyranny in lecture about Ancient Rome, including pacifying the people with “bread and circuses”; 17 or 18 obscenities (most of them “f” words) and no profanities; strong violence in one scene includes disturbing, sudden, fatal car crash, two people get into an argument, and one or two other menacing scenes; excessive amount of sexual content includes several scenes of depicted fornication, implied fornication, married man tries to sleep with his double’s girlfriend, other man eventually replaces that man’s married life and wife doesn’t seem to mind, a woman is shown abusing herself, and themes of adultery and voyeurism; upper female nudity and upper male nudity in several scenes, and rear female nudity in one scene; alcohol use; smoking; and, lying and spying, plus images of large spiders that may scare people.


Summary:

ENEMY is a bizarre tale of a man who finds an actor who looks exactly like him, but the actor turns out to be both the man’s worst nightmare and his salvation. Most moviegoers will find ENEMY too slow and unnecessarily bizarre. It also contains strong lewd content.


Review:

ENEMY is a bizarre tale of a man who finds an actor who looks exactly like him, but the actor turns out to be both the man’s worst nightmare and his salvation. ENEMY has a bizarre ending and last shot that leaves viewers hanging. The acting is good, but the execution of the story leaves something to be desired.
The movie opens with some men voyeuristically watching women perform some bizarre and intimate acts in a dark room. In one tableau, a woman is abusing herself sexually. In another one, a covered dinner plate reveals a large tarantula spider. As the spider steps off the plate onto the platform, a woman in high heels looks as if she’s going to squash the spider with her heel.
Cut to a history professor named Adam Bell, who’s in a relationship with a blonde woman named Mary. On night while watching a movie recommended by a colleague, Adam spots a minor actor who looks just like him.
Obsessed with his desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony Clair, an actor with a pregnant blonde wife, Helen. Eventually, Adam convinces Anthony to meet, but Adam begins to feel uncomfortable and abruptly leaves. At this point, Anthony, who’s been having marital problems, starts to go unhinged. He decides to pose as Adam and convince Mary to come away with him for a weekend. In the hotel room, Mary suddenly notices the impression of the wedding band on Anthony’s finger. Things go from bad to worse, leading to a bizarre, anticlimactic ending.
Set in Toronto, Canada, ENEMY is based on a novel by Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago, titled THE DOUBLE. Apparently, the movie’s story follows the novel’s, but the director has added some bizarre images of tarantula spiders in the movie. In one shot, for example, a giant tarantula spider is shown walking nonchalantly around Toronto. Also, an image of a tarantula spider suddenly appears in the movie’s last anticlimactic shot. These brief images don’t add much at all to the movie or its story. Also, the movie’s tone seems not as lively as an excerpt of the novel MOVIEGUIDE® read.
Eventually, in the movie, Anthony tries to replace Adam by seducing Adam’s girlfriend. This doesn’t end well for Anthony or Adam’s girlfriend. However, after Anthony’s failed seduction attempt, Adam invades Anthony’s life and starts to become Anthony. Unlike Adam’s girlfriend, however, Anthony’s wife seems pleased by the new Anthony, even though she realizes it’s really Adam.
ENEMY probably will enthrall only a few moviegoers, if any. Most moviegoers will find it too slow, too monotone, and unnecessarily bizarre. The actors and actresses (including Jake Gyllenhaal as Adam/Anthony) do a good job, but the material they have to work with is slight, somewhat pretentious, and occasionally creepy. The point of the whole exercise gets lost in the telling.
Sadly, ENEMY also contains some graphic lewd content. So, MOVIEGUIDE® found ENEMY to be ultimately unacceptable and not really worth the effort to see.


In Brief:

ENEMY is a bizarre tale of a man who finds an actor who looks exactly like him. The movie opens with some men voyeuristically watching women perform some bizarre and intimate acts in a dark room. Cut to a college professor named Adam Bell, who’s in a relationship with a blonde woman named Mary. One night while watching a movie recommended by a colleague, Adam spots an actor who looks just like him. Obsessed with his desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony Clair, an actor with a pregnant blonde wife, Helen. The actor turns out to be both Adam’s worst nightmare and his salvation.
ENEMY probably will enthrall only a few moviegoers, if any. Most moviegoers will find it too slow, too monotone, and unnecessarily bizarre. The actors and actresses (including Jake Gyllenhaal as Adam/Anthony) do a good job, but the material they have to work with is slight, somewhat pretentious, and occasionally creepy. ENEMY also contains some graphic lewd content. So, MOVIEGUIDE® found ENEMY to be ultimately unacceptable and not really worth the effort to see.