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Enemy Movie Review

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They told me there would be spiders in Enemy. I didn’t understand. Neither will you, but thank God for the Internet.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Adam, a guy who realizes he looks a hell of a lot like a guy named Anthony, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Not only does he look and sound like Jake Gyllenaal, but his doppelganger has the exact same scars as he does.

Time to swap lady friends!

Also, that is fucked up.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the guy who made the Oscar-nominated films Prisoners and Incendies, and based on the book by Jose Saramago, Enemy is a surprisingly simple (though not at all) and extremely effective drama-thriller that keeps you guessing, doesn’t really tell you anything and then keeps you guessing some more well after the closing credits have concluded.

Enemy is the kind of movie that could so easily make you pull your hair out (I only have so much left!). It doesn’t provide resolution, at least not in the traditional sense, and you probably won’t understand the film’s meaning until after you read the Internet boards, but there’s just something that just works.

Gyllenhaal is terrific, but it’s the awesome direction, the editing by Matthew Hannam and the subtle but impactful music by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans that work together to make Enemy so damned effective, even when it ends with a big fuck-you that is so out of nowhere you won’t expect it even when you know ahead of time how it sort-of-maybe ends.

Gaaaaah!

Enemy is most definitely not for everyone, but it is for people who cherish something a little different, a little offbeat and slightly disturbing. Highly recommended.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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