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Enemy (2013)

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A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

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Denis Villeneuve

Writers:

José Saramago (novel), Javier Gullón
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Adam + Anthony
Mélanie Laurent ... Mary
Sarah Gadon ... Helen
Isabella Rossellini ... Mother
Joshua Peace ... Teacher at School (as Josh Peace)
Tim Post ... Anthony's Concierge
Kedar Brown ... Security Guard
Darryl Dinn ... Video Store Clerk
Misha Highstead Misha Highstead ... Lady in the Dark Room
Megan Mane ... Lady in the Dark Room
Alexis Uiga Alexis Uiga ... Lady in the Dark Room
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Storyline

Adam Bell is a Toronto area History college professor. He is a rather somber man, largely because he is stuck in a routine, which includes a relationship with his live-in girlfriend, Mary. While watching a rental movie, he spots an actor in a bit part that looks like him. He becomes obsessed with finding out about this double of his. He learns that the actor's stage name is Daniel Saint Claire, whose legal name is Anthony Claire. Claire is a Toronto based actor with only a few on-screen credits, and is married to a woman named Helen who is currently several months pregnant. Adam then becomes obsessed with meeting Claire, who he learns upon first sighting that they look exactly the same, from the facial hair to a scar each has, but Claire who outwardly is more "put together" than Adam. Their lives become intertwined as Claire himself ends up becoming obsessed with Adam, but in a slightly different way. Written by Huggo

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You can't escape Yourself! See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for some strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemy See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,161, 14 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,007,088, 11 May 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Adam Bell visits the video store, a poster for Hitchcock's film Vertigo (1958) can be clearly seen behind to the left of him on the wall. This film also has similar themes of duplicity, split personality and infidelity. See more »

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When Anthony calls Adam they agree to meet on a Sunday, one hour drive out of town. When there is the aerial shot of Adam driving to the appointment, shortly there is a billboard in the background displaying the date of "today". It states it's July the 13th of 2012. This date is on a Friday. See more »

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[first lines]
Mother: [leaving a message] Hello, darling, it's your mother. Thank you for showing me your new apartment. I'm worried about you. I mean, how can you live like that? Anyway, would you call me back? Let's get together again. I love you.
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Not So Much To Be Loved As To Love
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Game of Nonsense
3 August 2014 | by billygoat1071See all my reviews

The key background of Enemy is having a dreary world where its characters cannot get their satisfaction. The doppelganger discovery will turn that mode into a twisted place that you couldn't really understand what danger it might present. That is the strongest part of the movie, the mystery itself is some sort of a test that wants to give plenty of surprises and hide a large meaning beneath its odd events, but that is the only thing the movie can offer and for some reason it doesn't feel enough for the intriguing experience.

The film does have a compelling first half, even though the main character's first move happens too quick and too confident. Before it all, it just paints a doomed world that chains its people in their loop cycling lifestyle. The sudden discovery brings the unknown fear in their ordinary living. The very first scene of the film already shows the plan, the only question is what exactly is the outcome of it. The film doesn't give away too much; it instead sprinkles with MacGuffins to help throwing some obvious clues from crumb to crumb. However, this game of playing their minds has a cloudy purpose, in spite of their well fleshed out characters and environment. Not sure if it's for their women or accepting lifestyle, but it all leads to a pretty strange ending to perplex people's minds even more.

The craft at least makes it thoroughly interesting. The director concentrates with the characters and their mysteries. Most of the time, it's fun and gripping to watch. The cinematography perfectly reflects the haunting world they're trying to survive in. The film spreads that atmosphere, even when we don't exactly what we should be terrified at. The performance is also great: the main man is definitely Jake Gyllenhaal playing the two men who are strung together. Gyllenhaal gives each of those roles an effective character study to root for.

There is too many theories to think of, but it's a lot more difficult to see what's the point of this mind game, even stranger is the final picture, it feels like a forced overwhelming revelation, except it's rather absurd than a creeper. Mindbending films are meant to be this great for sure, but they always have a definite center beneath its secrets even when the puzzle can be pretty hard to figure out, but this one seems to only want to show off the surface and probably left everything else as a total mystery. So basically, it must be just a cruel game, taking the concept too far. There is a great effort to spare, but everything else turned out to be a pretension, a cool one at least.


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