Thursday, April 10, 2014
On the surface, Enemy is a movie about a history professor who sees an actor in a movie who is him. He tracks down this actor and their confrontation has consequences. On a deeper level, Enemy is about something going terribly wrong with the universe. Based on the novel The Double by Jose Saramago and directed by Denis Villeneuve (director of the very good Prisoners), the film is reminiscent of Lynch and Cronenberg in their prime mind-bending years, but has a look, tone and voice distinctly its own, in no small part thanks to the riveting work of Jake Gyllenhaal. If you don't like spiders, completely disregard everything I said about the movie, because you must never, never see it.