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ENEMY tells the story of a university lecturer named Adam (Gyllenhaal) who is nearing the end of a relationship with his girlfriend Mary (Laurent). One night, while watching a film, Adam spots a minor actor who looks just like him. Consumed by the desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony, an actor living with his pregnant wife Helen (Gadon) and engages him in a complex and dangerous struggle. The film is a haunting and provocative psychosexual thriller about duality and identity, where in the end only one man will survive.
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I admit, I had no idea what was going on until I watched that video. But that's because the movie itself isn't supposed to flat out explain what's going on. That's not the point.
This is a film that demands your attention and provokes actual thought and discussion. If you would rather just watch a movie to turn your brain off and pass the time, this is not for you, but that doesn't make this a bad film, and you shouldn't mark it as such.
As a side: "Enemy" gave me an insight into the nature of many and an insight into life. Some are not just impatient, they don't just want answers, they want a full grasp of a story at all times. They don't want to lose control over their grasp of a narrative. I think these people (not all people that didn't like "Enemy") are ultimately impatient and have a false sense of control over many elements of their own lives. There have been stories about people on sinking ships that can't take action. They have to be led or they will sit there and drown in shock. I wonder if that is the type of person that would dislike this kind of movie; that they have to be led by the nose with full clarity. I want to reiterate that I don't believe that's all people that didn't like this movie. I think taking the time to think through a film like this, to let go and just allow yourself to experience something out of your cerebral grasp and control could help generally in life. We sometimes should take actions that the end result of which may be uncertain. Are we patient enough to take risks like this? To trust that while we may not know every step of the way is the clear, right choice?
And despite the bizarre, dreamlike quality there are actual concrete and tangible clues to the mystery if you catch them. I got the central mystery but some of the symbolism I didn't understand at first. And I had no idea what that insane but awesome ending meant but I got the story and the themes they were presenting. Then I watched the bonus features and that enlightened things even further, then read some more stuff online and needless to say I feel like I have a pretty good handle on everything Enemy by now.
I love movies that make me want to do that. That make me want to dig in and learn everything I can about them. And this mystery can be proven with one true answer. I love those mysteries. I don't cotton to that David Lynch bs where nothing makes any sense and even he doesn't know what the real answer is. (Although Raymond Chandler famously had no idea when asked who killed the chauffeur in The Big Sleep even though he wrote it.)
This is a great movie and I have no idea how so many people could give it bad reviews. They must have terrible taste. The performances were great, the cinematography, the music all helped to convey that building tension and feeling of dread.