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Enemy (2013) 
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Hi everyone. I just saw an online review from Chris Stuckmann, one of the online critics I see on Youtube about the film Enemy (2013), directed by Denis Villeneuve (who had also directed Prisoners), and it stars Jake Gyllenhaal.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2316411/?ref_=nv_sr_1

I was wondering if any of you have seen this film, as it looks intriguing. This looks like the kind of film JB would really appreciate.


Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:32 pm
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Looks interesting. I'm a big fan of Jake Gyllenhaal's. Personally, I found Prisoners to be a bit overrated though it was well made and the mystery aspect of the movie absolutely did work for me. So I definitely will be looking forward to this.


Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:35 pm
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I'm excited to see a shorter Villeneuve film, as Prisoners did get a little long. Looks good.


Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:32 am
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I'll see this eventually.

I watched Polytechnique not so long ago; good, very very tight movie. Did anyone see Incendies, this one or anything else by the director or just Prisoners?

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Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:20 am
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Mark III wrote:
I'll see this eventually.

I watched Polytechnique not so long ago; good, very very tight movie. Did anyone see Incendies, this one or anything else by the director or just Prisoners?


Yeah, I've seen Incendies. It's good. The twist is pretty shocking and extreme.


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MGamesCook wrote:
Mark III wrote:
I'll see this eventually.

I watched Polytechnique not so long ago; good, very very tight movie. Did anyone see Incendies, this one or anything else by the director or just Prisoners?


Yeah, I've seen Incendies. It's good. The twist is pretty shocking and extreme.

I'm more or less in agreement with this. It's a fairly gripping story for most of its running length, but it runs a little high on melodrama at times. Which is okay.

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supposedly opens tomorrow, but can't find theater listings in LA.

apparently the ending is garnering a lot of talk.


Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:22 pm
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IMDB sez it's playing a festival tomorrow. Available on DirecTV which excludes me. Possibly everyone else on the site.

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just came out on dvd


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So I watched this. And I loved it. I don't like this term, but it's a legitimate mind-fuck. Not undecipherable, though, which is what elevates it. Much has been (deservedly) made of that last shot, and the film is built around that, but it's a key more than it's a puzzle piece. For most viewers it won't make you nod in recognition, it will simply get you thinking even more about everything that comes before. Again, the success of the film is rooted in the fact that it's a solvable puzzle, I believe.

It's not for everyone, clearly, but I encourage you to check it out.

Some thoughts on the whole if anyone has seen it... MAJOR spoilers, obviously:

The two most interesting and sensible theories:

[Reveal] Spoiler:
First, either way, I think it's clearly not a linear film.

First theory: it's about one man, and it's reflective of his state of mind. The "real" version is the professor, and the movie star is his alter-ego. Spiders represent his fear of women/commitment/stagnancy, and his sigh at the end seeing the large spider is due to trying to kill off his alter-ego (who visits the sex shows and plans on doing so again) and realizing that he can't/won't. It's hard to tell which scenes really happen... but the fear his wife shows when she visits the professor at the school comes from recognizing the mental issues her husband has, and her accepting of him into her bed/coming onto him on the couch at the end is out of a desire to care for him and his state of mind, not a desire to cheat. The last shot of the film is a version of the early shot where his nude wife is shown on the bed (as in, that's the same shot of him looking at her like she is, not as the spider/embodiment of his fears). There's a million more things to talk about and figure out, but this is the root of things.

The second (less validated by the film, but super fun and interesting) is that it's a body-snatchers film in which our world has been invaded by spider creatures (this is "backed up" by the actor being accused of not being a "real" man, etc). Again, I don't think it holds up, but it's interesting.


All in all, a genuinely fascinating film that earns its intrigues.


Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:06 pm
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Don't know why I haven't watched it yet. Must do so in the next couple days.


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MGamesCook wrote:
Don't know why I haven't watched it yet. Must do so in the next couple days.


I hope you do man and look forward to hearing your thoughts. I know you dug Prisoners and Incendies to varying degrees. I sincerely hope you enjoy this.


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I saw this a couple of months ago and thought it was interesting. Will come back with some thoughts.

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