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Will Smith

Author: dviol13088 from United States
14 September 2009

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Now this is the story all about how Will's life got flipped, turned upside down. It takes 132 minutes so just sit right there and I'll tell you about how he became the pawn of some spy warfare. In District of Columbia, born and raised, in the courthouse is where he spent most of his days. Pleadin' out, lawin', objectin' all cool and chasing some mob boss outside of school. When a couple of agents were up to no good, started killin' congressmen in the neighborhood. He got one little tape and the NSA got scared, and said "You've murdered your girlfriend in cold blood so there!" Will, he whistled for a contact and when he came near, the license said 'Brill', who had a security fear. If anything he could say this cat was rare, but then they got captured which lead to despair. They pulled up to the mob house around seven or eight, and Will yelled to the NSA "Yo I'm your negotiator!" There was some killing he was luckily spared to reclaim his life with a breath of fresh air.

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A First Rate Thriller

Author: gigan-92 from United States
25 April 2009

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This film delivers!! There are several espionage films out there about what the government is really up to these days, but this is one of the few that really catches my attention. The story is well paced and won't let you down that's for sure. Will Smith stars and his acting is extraordinary here. Gene Hackman also portrays his character solidly if I say so myself, and Jon Voight does well too. All the other characters are fantastic and won't bore you, giving lots of emotion to the film. The action is great and will keep you on the edge of your seat till it's all over. I love the chase sequence that ends with a fire truck and a crushed bike. The end gun battle was nice and it all remains realistic at the same time without being over the top. Yes!!! The score is fantastic and gives a somber feel to the film. Loved it! This film truly is a first rate thriller!

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

..exciting film..

Author: fimimix from United States
4 June 2008

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I add my vote to most comments posted here as this being an excellent film. It is hard to imagine that the silly kid Will Smith ("Robert Dean") played on TV to become the capable actor he has become on film. "Enemy of the State" certainly documents that.

I also agree that the film was made way before its time, and certainly cannot be "dated". It also documents how innocent people become embroiled in very complicated and dangerous situations, with having done nothing to cause it. "Big Brother" is all too relevant in this film, and one can imagine it's much worse now since "the Patriot Act" is in full-swing.

As all users mention, many actors-actresses cast at that time have become major stars. However, it IS the old-school guys who make the film believable......Gene Hackman (" Brill") and Jon Voight ("Reynolds") do stellar acting-jobs, with the help of countless smaller roles.

This is one "chase" and shoot-'em-up" film which did not bore me and I could truly relate to. I've watched it three times this week, so you can see that I enjoyed Tony Scott's directing and THE STORY David Marconi put on the screen. Regina King ("Rachel Banks") definitely added to the suspense of "Enemy of the State" - a good family film.

SO, Guys - be careful what you do in today's world - don't take it for granted that everything is rosy and safe. Bravo !

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Brilliantly entertaining thriller

Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England
27 November 2007

From the outset, Enemy of the State looks like it may be another formulaic thriller, and while that is true to a certain extent; I really wouldn't hesitate to name this film as one of the best of it's type simply because the plot flows excellently, and the film is a lot of fun to watch; those qualities always being among the most important for a film like this. The film handles the central theme of privacy and the Government interfering in people's private lives. Of course, there's also a conspiracy that the plot is driven from. The plot begins with the murder of Congressman Phillip Hammerson, which is promptly covered up and made to look like a suicide by a politician named Thomas Reynolds. This has reverberations for a lawyer named Robert Dean, as unfortunately for him; a birdwatcher he knows caught the whole ugly incident on tape, and as (bad) luck would have it, Robert Dean happened to be in the same shop as his old friend during a police chase. It's not long before the man and the agency behind the murder start to pull the lawyer's life apart...

The film stars Will Smith, who is great in the lead role and provides the film with its main asset. He doesn't strike me as the lawyer type, but Will Smith has a great charisma and pretty much lend himself to any role he's given; here, he ensures that the film is always interesting. Enemy of the State is not your average action flick either; the film does feature stunts and a few explosions, but these are never the main focus of the film. Much of the excitement is sprung from the interaction between the central characters and the storyline, which results in a more engaging film. There are a few chase sequences which are very well executed, however and these add to the film's overall quality. Enemy of the State is directed by Tony Scott; a director with a penchant for making often decent, but never really brilliant thrillers; but this one is at the top of his oeuvre. The film co-stars Gene Hackman, who is good, although I've never been a fan of his; plus a number of other familiar faces, such as Jon Voight, Jason Lee, Seth Green, Gabriel Byrne and Jack Black, who steals the show as usual. Overall, this is an excellent and entertaining little film that comes highly recommended.

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Author: anonymous
21 October 1998

After what feels like a slow start (just laying the groundwork) the film takes off and races the last hour through paranoid ultra-high tech chase scenes that really do deliver. The case does a bang-up job and the level of government eavesdropping reaches epic proportions. Computer geeks may spot a truck load of flaws, but otherwise it's a lot of fun.

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Author: anonymous from LA
20 October 1998

This was a great thriller / action piece and a chance to bring into the light a classic American film, The Conversation. Gene Hackman basically reprises his role as Harry Call, 15 years later than the events in that film. Will Smith is great as a straight man for a change with hardly any of his typical one damn, lines. The supporting cast, however, is what makes the film shine, that and a truly smart script playing on our paranoias and fears of being watched. This is a film where everyone in it, is somebody. Jaime Kennedy from the Scream movies, Seth Green from Can't Hardly wait, Gabe Byrne, everybody is in this film. I give kudos to Bruckheimer and Tony Scott for going back to their roots and making a tight action film, smartly written and nicely acted.

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12 out of 22 people found the following review useful:

paranoia deluxe...

Author: gazzo-2 from United States
20 November 1999

really good companion piece to 'X-files' and 'The Conversation', in fact Gene Hackman plays a semi-sequel of parts to his part in that. Hackman is one of the Immortals, bringing class and charisma to anything he does. Smith is a good every-man, some of his line-readings seemed forced, but overall I am happy with his job here. The plot reminded me strongly of 'Sneakers', save for the fact that the 'Sneakers' were the baddies this time out. I enjoy the Bruckheimer touch and hope that they continue their fine work in their next film, a Pearl Harbor knock-off.

the Gazzo-2 rating? *** outta ****, suspenseful, semi-plausible, you can't go wrong with Jon Voight and Gabriel Byrne(in a cameo, mind...) in a film together with Gene and Busey's kid....

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A fantastic movie, but has a couple of errors.

Author: Nadine Salakov from United Kingdom
11 June 2017

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First things first, the film score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams is catchy and suits the motion picture.

If you're paranoid do not watch this movie, if you love an entertaining techno-thriller, then this should be watched more than once.

The most recent movie that is similar to this is "Snowden" and it is nothing new, we've seen that type of thing portrayed in this 90s flick "Enemy Of The State", and out of the two films "Enemy Of The State" is so much better in every way, "Snowden" is a drama, whereas "Enemy Of The State" is an action thriller that is fast-paced and lively.

"Enemy Of The State" has brilliant performances, great dialogue (not all the time though), professional directing and decent scenery. There is a couple of errors, and the first error is when "Robert Dean" (Will Smith) snaps at a couple of people when things are not going well for him, the people that i'm talking about are people who did nothing wrong to him at all, it's understandable that he's under pressure and him snapping at the people who are causing him grief is fine, he's not perfect and we have to see him stressed at some point, but the writers/editors should have excluded those two scenes where he is snapping at people who were innocent - the scenes are when his assistant tells him twice that there's people there to see him and he replies very rudely with "I heard you the first time, thank you", the second scene is when he leaves his briefcase on the floor by his feet while trying to check into a hotel, one of those CIA guys walks past and very discreetly picks up "Robert Dean's" briefcase and walks out of the hotel with it, "Robert Dean" then says to the hotel receptionist that his briefcase was right there and that it just disappeared, she asks him "Are you sure you brought it in?" and he replies very angrily and shouts at her saying the words "YES I'M SURE I BROUGHT IT IN!", (the question she asked is a little silly, but he told her his briefcase is missing, so what is she supposed to do? ignore him? plus it is "Robert Dean's" own fault that his briefcase got stolen, you never leave your briefcase by your feet while being preoccupied with something else) and if you watch that scene carefully - even the lady beside him who is checking herself in looks round shockingly at him because that is just a natural response to outrageous unnecessary over the top behaviour. The writers need to keep in mind that if they want viewers to like a character, make sure that he is likable from start to finish.

Another error in this movie is to do with some character's faults and some of the faults of the script/writing, and that's when "Robert Dean" is arguing with his wife "Carla Dean" (Regina King), she speaks truth about him going behind her back and having business-type meetings with "Rachel F. Banks" (Lisa Bonet) - (a woman who "Robert Dean" had an affair with in the past) and while on the subject of "Rachel F. Banks" she is unlikable, her death scene is not sad because the movie fails to make her someone we should even care about (we see that she is a selfish woman who only goes after married men, clearly women like this don't care about the affects that an affair will have on people's families) the writers do not give viewers a reason to like her, she's cold and standoffish and when she's not that she is paranoid and talks down to the only person that is giving her the time of day. They did not continue the affair, their meetings were business only, but considering their history it is understandable why "Carla" lost it and kicked "Robert" out, you don't have to be married to know that it's a bad idea to have business meetings with the person you used to have an affair with, you'd think a lawyer would know that.

"Enemy Of The State" also brings humour in the right places mainly between "Robert Dean" and "Carla Dean", small amounts of humour always works well in thriller movies.

The mob aspect isn't that bad, if they'd have had more screen time it would have ruined the movie, mob depictions are extremely boring, thankfully that aspect took a back seat as a supporting role/circumstance.

This cine is set around Christmastime which is a nice touch, there's just something about thrillers set around the holidays that makes them much more fun.

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This is what Snowden is fighting for!!

Author: rajatdahiyax from India
4 August 2014

The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-a-minute ride called Enemy of the State. Taking its "innocent man accidentally caught up in political corruption" story from such films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor, they turn up the high- tech volume in an attempt to create the ultimate action film. Robert Clayton Dean, played by Will Smith, is a devoted father, husband, and attorney shopping for a sexy gift for his wife. What he doesn't know is that he was given a videotape from a friend (Jason Lee) regarding the recent murder of a U.S. senator led by corrupt National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight). Now Reynolds is after Dean to cover his tracks or, as the audience soon finds out, frame Dean for Rachel's murder. Since Dean isn't up on his high-tech gadgetry, he needs the aid of ex-intelligence operative Brill (Gene Hackman).Dean realizes that in the modern world, there is no such thing as total privacy

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One to see again and again, bring popcorn.....

Author: russell-benson from Oklahoma
31 October 2012

I've seen this movie multiple times and it never gets old to me. A fantastic combo of good writing and excellent acting all around and it's one of those movies that really makes you stop and think about the things they do in this movie and whether or not they can actually be done. A sequel would have been the icing on the cake but sometimes they figure one and done, especially when the movie does really well.

I will more than likely watch this many more times as it generally shows up on cable on a regular basis but I just can't help myself.

Gene Hackman really makes this movie and Will Smith makes an outstanding sidekick as the attorney who lives pretty cleanly but quickly learns how to do things on the shady side.

A must see, again!

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