Enemy

Enemy

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Adam Bell, a glum, disheveled history professor who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend Mary. Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double; a bit-part actor named Anthony St. Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined.
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD ENEMY
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical,5.1 Dolby Digital
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Bebu
Jun 18, 2017

Pretty strange and not very interesting. You never really got any insight into the characters and they were all pretty boring anyway.

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Wootex
May 18, 2017

Finally a movie that explores the deep philosophical question of whether or not Jake Gyllenhaal likes blueberries.

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bacchusg
Mar 31, 2017

A wife-swappin' fantasy? Shot in fulvous yellow in Toronto; the women are actually more interesting: Isabella Rosselini as mother, Mélanie Laurent, the blonde, name? She's much better in A Royal Night Out as young QEII. Is Canadian Villeneuve overrated? Can't wait to see his Blade Runner sequel.....

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chriscoleman
Aug 25, 2016

This is a Canadian art film with precious little dialogue and a lot of weirdness. It starts with a dark room of men around a marble table. On the table is a naked woman masturbating. Then we see an unkempt college history professor named Adam Bell. Adam's girlfriend Mary tells him she wants to try dating again, but 10 minutes with Adam and you can see why she broke up in the first place--he leads an incredibly dull life and is depressed all the time. Adam stops at a video store and rents a film. Halfway through the film is a man who looks exactly like him, an actor named Daniel St. Clair. Adam becomes obsessed with St. Clair and learns his real name is Anthony Claire. He finds out where he lives, pretends to be him, and picks up mail that gives Anthony's real address and phone number. So he calls him. Then things get even weirder. We see Anthony in the same dark room with men and the marble table. This time the naked woman puts a platter on the table and removes the cover. It's a huge tarantula. Suddenly we're back to Anthony's wife Helen who finds Adam's name in Anthony's pocket and goes to see him at the college where he teaches. She is shocked because he looks exactly like her husband. Anthony calls Adam and insists on meeting. He shows Adam a scar on his abdomen which freaks out Adam and Adam runs. Anthony stalks Adam and sees his beautiful girlfriend Mary. He's a serial cheater and wants to have sex with Mary, so he goes to Adam and insists he become Adam, take Mary on a weekend getaway, and then they'll be "even". (Yeah, makes no sense at all.) Anthony and Mary check into a hotel and go at it like rabbits until she sees the suntan where his missing wedding ring is. And she realizes it's not Adam. She wants to go home. On the way home, Anthony tries shoving her out of the speeding car and the car flips. Meanwhile, Adam goes to Anthony's apartment and dresses like Anthony. The bell hop talks to him in the elevator about the club and the room and how he didn't get a key this time. Adam opens his mail, Anthony's mail, and there's a key inside, presumably to the tarantula club. He doesn't come right out and tell Helen who he is, but she met him once at the college and later that night asks him if he had fun teaching that day. So she knows. Later, she cuddles with him in bed and it's unclear if anything else happens. In the morning the radio announces a fatal car crash in the tunnel early that morning (Anthony and Mary) and Adam switches the channel to a radio station. Then he goes into the living room where he hears Helen, only now she's a giant tarantula. :0 Didn't see that coming. This film came from a novel and if you read the synopsis for the novel on Wikipedia it's supposedly about doubles, as in clones. That did not come across at all. As far as I know, the novel had nothing to do with tarantulas either. Bizarre and not very watchable.

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franque
Jul 31, 2016

If you are a person who is really into psychology, particularly Freud, and thinks that you think "deeply" than this is the film for you. Fans of films like Eraserhead & Vanilla Sky will spend hours picking over Enemy to discern it's symbolism & meaning. Thankfully the rest of us will see it for what Enemy is which is a total waste of time & money (yes even watching it for free is too costly) & an exercise in pseudo-intellectualism for its own sake. Here's what the movie means if you didn't get it: Women are the downfall of men. Yep, all these years after feminism, sexual freedom, and supposed self actualization, Hollywood still propagandizes the idea that women's sexuality is just too damn powerful. *sigh* Good performances do not make up for the fact that this movie is basically the meta sexist version of Stephen King's 90's TV version of It. Kinda good...until the spiders take over.

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joeguy
Jul 18, 2016

100% waste of time. I usually like Gyllenhaal's movies and the ideas behind them. It feels like he's sleepwalking through the role. The concept, Kafka-esque and noir-ish, doesn't add up. The overall feel of the movie, especially through the music, is muddled and creepy. Can't figure out why they chose the song they did to close the movie.

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klimekk
Jul 10, 2016

for some hints why that movie was produced, I went to special features, where one of the stuff explained that there is "deep psychological true" encapsulated in that story - that makes me laugh
I would say it might be a story about some imagination, alternative worlds, some unknown happening - if the director would be brave enough to get to some conclusions, some plot would be then set - I found that movie - sorry - very shallow and with lack of any deeper meaning. Wqas surprised to find that the writer is well known and awarded with literature Nobel Price fellow. I won't even bother to read his book to compare as if he was glad with that movie means - something is fishy there

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

What an abstruse film. I mean, I appreciate a slow burn film, but this is just artsy-fartsy malarkey. ORPHAN BLACK was able to condense the whole film's plot into the first three minutes of its series premiere before moving onto something more compelling after the theme song played. And ORPHAN BLACK's not weird and draining like ENEMY is. Jake Gyllenhaal seems deliriously psychotic here and this role doesn't call for that kind of gleeful instability; a little edgy, sure, but that's not what the character becomes. I'm unsure who to blame: the actors, the writer, the director, the producer... It doesn't matter. It's so full of holes it's a doilie. It should have been much more substantial, especially considering its running time. For a film that was only ninety minutes with the credits included, ENEMY certainly felt like it dragged. For that creepy doppelganger thrill, watch something vastly better, like the wonderful TV series ORPHAN BLACK. I can't recommend the hopelessly underwhelming ENEMY.

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rock2
Mar 05, 2016

What a waste of my time, garbage. I gave it a half star, only because I could not give it a zero. I am wary of Canadian films and this one confirms my suspicions. Who needs to interpret deep meanings in a film as one would analyse poetry? Give me some entertainment and a good, original story.

Gary

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BestMovieCritic
Oct 18, 2015

VERY stupid and boring movie. This movie doesn't make ANY sense. Don't bother watching this one.

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