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.
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More fine filmmaking from one of Canada's most talented directors. This was surprisingly engaging and quite risky. Despite the bleak and oppressive sun-bleached cityscapes that punctuate the film, the last act will send chills up your spine - and they last. The arachnid imagery fades in and out - helping weave a web around the characters, over the city, and through the viewer. Subtle, thrilling filmmaking.
It's rare to come across such a surrealist thriller - especially one with Cronenbergian proportions - and have it be so downright smart at the same time. Enemy depicts the disturbed split persona of Adam... or is it Anthony? Is this an imaginary pas de deux between his psyche or is there more to this enigma? Analyzing and ultimately solving this film's mystery was one of the most exciting film experiences I have had.
A surreal, perfectly crafted tale about one man's fear of commitment and the inner conflict it creates. The acting is superb, the atmosphere is ominous, creepy, and tense, and the use of symbolism is successful, albeit terrifying in how they broadcasted it. This stays with you long after you finish it.
Villeneuve is the most exciting director working in Hollywood today because - not despite - he has yet to make his masterpiece ('Incendies' comes closest). In a somewhat old-fashioned way he is being given space to grow and nurture his obvious talent, turning in both big-hitters and smaller curios, like 'Enemy'. How nice to know that a director's best work is ahead of them.
It began as teacher tedious routine in shades of ochre, quickly becoming a psychological thriller between two doppelgänger guys, and ending with a giant WTF moment. So much in such short time! We never know exactly why Adam and Anthony look-alike, but do we really care?
[Spoilers] Whether an alien invasion movie, allegory for a totalitarian society, examination of a very male fear of commitment, or as seems more likely, pick 'n mix combination of both, the rote drabness, oppression and alienation tend to suck all the originality from the project.
A spider is haunting Toronto (or wherever you happen to be) -- the spider of Leviathan, the shadow-beast, emerged from the depths alongside us and shape-shifting ever since, compelling even the most idealistic politics toward tyranny and destabilizing human connection in a venomous bath of insecurity, envy, and fear. Enemy, a grimly dazzling fever-dream, enacts its dance; a toxic tarantella for self and secret-self.
I enjoyed the scholar's explanations found in the bonus section of the DVD more than the movie itself. The director forgot an essential rule of cinema's grammar. With a book, if you don't understand a paragraph, you can always stop reading and come back to the part you didn't catch. With a movie, you can't do that unless you do have a lot of time to lose or you happen to be a film student. I don't.