A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way.
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You cannot make a list of sci-fi flicks and not include Enemy Mine. You can put it in the best or in the worst. You might find it inspiring or lame. Beautiful or corny. Epic or boring. But do not dare ignore it. In 1985 we did not have Mr. Blomkamp and his District 9. This was our 80's metaphor for racism and overcoming racism. It could represent the 80's in a sci-fi cycle about the XX century seen through movies.
The special effects are top notch but this is a great script and cast that focuses on trusting your enemy and learning their ways and culture to understand and communicate. The 3rd act is a little hokey.