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The first time I saw Enemy of the State I thought it seemed to be a very
up-to-date version of Hackman's "The Conversation", however to confuse
of them is misleading and frankly inadvised.
The Conversation is much better in terms of story, character development and intelligently directed, whereas Enemy of the State relies on fast-paced video feed, special-effects, good characters and its fast-paced techno-thrilling story that uses "Dubious" technology.
I guess it doesn't matter to the casual viewer that most of the technology or the aspects/role of the NSA seem impossible, its more of a thriller or an actioner than credibly realisitc, and it doesn't matter that in the Lingere shop everyone seems incredibly beautiful...
Anyway, whether or not the technology or the role of the NSA seem impossible or not there is no denying that this is a good watch, but you kinda feel that half way thru you don't know where its going - and then it seems to turn its Anti-Surveilliance Message around onto the bad guys, using their tricks against themselves...
By that point I was kinda thinking "what?! - this film starts out as an anti-surveilliance film, now its pro...if not for surveillance, wouldn't Jon Voight have just killed the old man and gotten away with his murder?"
Anyway, with all the problems of technology and changing the plot for no reason, its a good enjoyable yarn that sometimes doesn't know whether to base its premise in fiction or reality and unfortuently for the film it gets very blurred and the viewer can be left with a hanging question on their minds "how much was that real and how much wasn't?"
This film is good, but I'd prefer the Conversation more.
Yes, you have read correctly. This is my number 153 movie ( outta 750 about ). It is very thrilling, the action is good, the actors do a good job, and the story is good. Enemy of the State is about a stolen video. On this video you can see that any politician was murdered, by his rival. Robert Clayton Dean ( Will Smith ) gets that video , when his friend, who is chased by the murderers, meets him in a shop for underwear, that Robert wants to buy for his wife. This murderers know pretty soon, that Robert has that video. So they have to search for him, but the point is, that Robert does not know why he is chased by them. The former NSA-Agent Brill ( Gene Hackman ) tries to help him to get out of his situation, but he does not want to endanger himself. Robert loses the trust of his wife, but finally he gets his life back. Enemy of the State is a very good action film, because it concentrates on the story and not on the special effects or the action. I recommend this to people who want to see an action-film with a (very?) good story and good actors. Highly recommendable. All in all, I rated this movie 9/10. WELL DONE!!!
ENEMY OF THE STATE delivers a somber message while pulling us along with
adrenaline rush. That message: "I love my country but
Will Smith plays a labor lawyer who becomes the unwitting victim of
Candidate for assistant director of the National Security
Smith has accidentally received an extremely damaging video of a
assasination of a US Congressman whom was opposed to a bill which
give NSA broad new powers to investigate American citizens. The
involved in Smith's inception of the video is the weakest
element of the film. Also, unlike DIE HARD's John McClain,
character has no background to enable to fight back the overwealming power
brought to bear on him. Only his association with a shadowy
character portrayed by Gene Hackman keeps him alive for much of
course of the movie.
The picture is largely plausible, except for the speed at
"spy" satellites are engaged to track Smith. Certainly the ending
highly plausible, though it does require another stretch of "coincidence."
Thank goodness, Smith is along for the ride. Without some humor to leaven this movie, ENEMY OF THE STATE would probably be an unwatchable horror tale. It CAN happen here (and probably DOES). Remember that while you are watching the end credits...
If you are looking at this film and wondering wether you want to rent this video, or see if it is worth watching it on TV or if you are a fan of the gorgeous Will Smith, then if you want my advice, read on. This film has an amazing storyline. The fact that the film combines drama, humour and romance, is to be praised. The acting ability of Gene Hackman and Will Smith is superb. They show every emotion that is required of their character. There is, however, one question that I would like answered: Why isn't Seth Green's name on the credits? He is fantastic and his role of Selby show that his acting ability goes beyond Austin Powers and Buffy. Please give me a reason why!!!
It was an okay movie with too much of a good thing. **out of**** Enemy of the state had too much of a good thing. Half of the chasing would have been plenty. It was like they were just trying to keep you there when nothing actually happened. Will Smith was good in this movie but it wasn't 'Men In Black". His role was so clueless it made the movie somewhat retarded.
I hire 2 movies a week. "Enemy of the State (1998)" is a fast paced thrill ride displaying the powers of the NSA and human endure. This would be one of my top 20 movies of all time. (personally)
When the National Securities Administration (N.S.A.) is after the Will Smith character in the movie, it kind of reminds me of "The Fugitive", as they pursue him because of evidence that he has. The two things I really loved about this movie are the government secrets given away, and the highly climactic ending! I have never seen such an awesome ending to a movie. Everyone gets what they deserve!
When the NSA is after the Will Smith character in the movie, it kinda reminds me of "The Fugitive", as they pursue him because of evidence that he has. The two things I really loved about this movie are the government secrets given away, and the highly climactic ending! I have never seen such an awesome ending to a movie. Everyone gets what they deserve!
Even if he doesn't have the main lead, Gene Hackman always stands out and always gives a superior performance. Solid cast with Will Smith in the lead make this a must see movie. Although strictly fiction it's the kind of movie that makes you wonder about our government and its true intentions. A little violent but still a movie for most ages. Rated 8.
I was going to rent this movie when it came out on video, but I kept telling myself no, no, no. I'll wait and see what people have to say about it. Well months went by and I finally saw it last night on cable. My word, talk about non-stop action. And the subject matter of the film really makes you think about the governments involvement in our lives. Think about. They have access to everything and anything. Watch this movie with a group of people, you'll have a blast.
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