What is it?
The 2013 psychological thriller film Enemy that was directed by the director Denis Villeneuve, was distributed by the company A24, was based on the 2002 novel The Double by the author José Saramago, and stars the actor Jake Gyllenhaal and the actress Mélanie Laurent and the actress Sarah Gadon.
What is it about?
This is how the Metacritic describes this film:
University lecturer Adam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is nearing the end of a relationship with his girlfriend Mary (Mélanie 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 (Sarah Gadon) and engages him in a complex and dangerous struggle.
What do you like about it?
I like the mystery and confusion and how this film makes you think, I like the cinematography, I like the somewhat dream-like (surreal-like) feeling and somewhat strange atmosphere that this movie has, I like Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance, I liked the more subtle music and sounds that compliment the scenes well, and I like how this film ends in a way that allows the viewer to come up with their own interpretation for this film.
What would someone else like about it?
I think that other people will like this film because it is different and it will get them to think and to try to come up with their own interpretation for this film.
Several years ago I saw a trailer for a film on YouTube that looked interesting and like something that I would want to see but eventually I forgot about the trailer and the film and I never heard or thought about it again until last year when Double Toasted mentioned it because Korey Coleman liked this film and Martin Thomas hated this film.
Double Toasted mentioned the name of this film so I looked it up, and then I realized that it was the film that I saw a trailer for several years ago that looked interesting and like something that I would want to see and that film was Enemy.
So I decided to watch the movie, the first minute or so of this movie started in an uncomfortable and strange way that bothered me (a few other parts in this movie bothered me as well) but it helped set the tone, and after that this film surprised me and I liked this film even more than I thought that I would.
The yellow tone / tint / shade (color) that this film has and various other elements combine to make you feel a bit off, and it sets an interesting atmosphere and feeling to this film.
This film made me think and it confused me, but in a good way mostly.
This is not a film for everyone and some parts of it bothered me, but I recommend watching it.
Here is Chris Stuckmann’s review of this film: