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Have I put any of the Sci-Fi geeks off their breakfast yet? Well okay, this is a science fiction movie. But it didn't have to be. The story throws two indelible enemies together, on a desolate and dangerous planet. After trying to continue their struggle, a truce is eventually called as they both realise cooperation is necessary for their survival. Despite their common need, differences in culture, politics and religion continue to wear on their partnership. And it is this constant friction which works to build their bond, almost against their will.
Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr play the two characters I've described. They are Davidge, (a human soldier), and Jerry, (a Draco soldier). Their respective names are those used for convenience, given their lack of ability in each other's language. At the start, neither speaks anything but swearwords in the enemy's tongue. Naturally, this adds another layer of tension to the situation.
I've always liked Denis Quaid's acting. He is very likeable in all of his films but in Enemy Mine we see a lot more depth of pain and caring than he usually portrays. Louis Gosset Jr however, is the true star of the film. He does a superb job of conveying his alien essence.Read more ›
However, both those things aside, the film, very rightly and very appropriately, gets to the story quickly and it is the story that makes this one of the best science-fiction movies of the `80's decade.
Enemy Mine is an incredibly touching film about perceived differences between two warring species, but speaks to the larger issue of race and all people. That's a pretty hefty order for sure to address successfully in film, but the story hails from a period of writing where moralist intent seeped into most writing, deftly, and was the norm. Barry Longyear stands firmly beside such Science-Fiction greats as Philip K. Dick, Gene Rodenberry and Walter Tevis.
I have fond memories of watching this film as a boy and can hardly forget Louis Gossett Jnr.'s much quotable: "Daaahweeech." The final scene is also very moving and very thought provoking for anyone who wonders why we, as a people, do not go to greater lengths in establishing our lineage. But, it's probably true for all of us that we all have some family members that are worthy of forgetting.
Quaid is at his cocky best as Davidge, a hot-shot, all-American pilot who wears his machismo on his sleeve until Gossett's spirituality brings out his true humanity. All but unrecognizable underneath Chris Walas's amazing make-up, Gossett is marvelous as the reptilian Drac character, a deeply religious male/female hybrid. The scenes with an ecstatically pregnant Gossett embracing his maternal instincts, much to Quaid's incredulity, are funny and poignant.
Not your standard sci-fi fare, and more power to it. Enthusiastically recommended.
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Grew up on this movie, now my kids can enjoy it as well. Truly awesome movies, need to be made classics one day :)Published 13 days ago by Jennifer Bombay
I saw this in the theater many years ago. I enjoyed the story, and Lou Gosset Jr. puts in an amazing performance as the alien. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Victor Wren
Enemy Mine is a very interesting movie. The whole movie basically comes down to what we can learn about ourselves as human beings. Read morePublished 22 days ago by kelly Groce
Haven't seen this in over a decade, and I'm 19, yet I still recognized moments that I had only seen once as a very young kidPublished 1 month ago by Thomas Martin
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