Enemy (Blu-ray) (Bilingual)
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A mild-mannered university professor (Gyllenhaal) seeks out his doppelganger after spotting him in a movie. A dangerous game of mistaken identities and blurred realities quickly ensues.
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The limited Special Features in the Blu-ray package consist of only four very short extras with cast and crew giving their thoughts. Rated R (USA), UK 15, 14A (BC, Ontario) - sex, nudity and profanity.
There is also the symbolism of the weird opening scene involving a number of men looking at a nude masturbating woman and a big spider. There is also a large spider looming over the city where wires and broken windshields look like a web which turns a mystery thriller into a sci-fi film.i.e This is either an odd art film filled with symbolism or science fiction...or both.
Or it could be that the guy is simply bonkers living a double life which makes the whole film stupid and a waste of time.
F-bomb, sex, and nudity (Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon)
Jake Gyllenhaal is Adam Bell, a college history professor who’s going about his average life with his girlfriend, who’s played by Mélanie Laurent, who you’d remember from Inglourious Basterds.
One night Adam watches a movie randomly recommended to him by a co-worker. There’s nothing particularly memorable in the film except one thing that is keeping Adam up at night. An actor in the background of one scene appears to be Adam’s exact physical double.
He starts to go a little crazy as he tries to track down this actor. When he eventually does, Adam only ends up with more questions and no answers.
The actor, Anthony, also played by Jake Gyllenhaal of course, is a very different sort of person in how he behaves, much more confident and threatening. He’s as confounded by the fact that he has a double as Adam is. But when Adam tries to walk away and forget about it, Anthony starts to follow him. And eventually winds up seeing Adam’s girlfriend and becomes attracted to her.
So, the movie is a movie about doppelgangers and switching places with someone, living their lives and maybe deciding you’d rather live theirs than your own.
That right there is enough for a decent movie.
But there’s a whole other side to this movie that makes it so memorable to me. Throughout the film, Adam is having these dreams involving spiders. If you have arachnophobia, this movie is not for you.Read more ›
Along with Nightcrawler, this was a second low-key indie performance by Gyllenhaal this year. Although this is classified as a sci-fi, this is more of a slow drama and Gyllenhaal excels in it. I expected a much more meatier role for Melanie Laurent, probably because I had seen her in a much better role in Inglorious Basterds. But, she has a small role and plays it well, I think. The entire movie is carried by Gyllenhaal on his back, and he is able to do that considering the fact that he is one of his generation's best actors.
When the movie began, I thought it must have been shot in one of the post-Soviet Union countries due to the type of buildings that appeared in the shot. I must say I was surprised when in the middle of the movie it is revealed that the story is taking place in Toronto, and not some post-Soviet cities. That really surprised me. And, the ending was one of those "what the hell" kind of endings, and reminded me of Gyllenhaal's Donnie Darko. All in all, a good drama that is shot and acted well. Gyllenhaal keeps showing why he is one of the best of his generation.
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Read the book, seen the movie. Both are excellent. Jake Gyllenhaal is one of a kind in that movie and I discover the incredible talent of Sarah Gadon.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie! A psychological thriller carefully mastered to European level.Published 2 months ago by Jean Nouzeilles
“The question you have to ask yourself, would you like to live the life of someone that looks like you,
first things first, I hate, hate it when some people don’t have the... Read more