Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon
Release Date: Available on Blu-Ray & DVD June 24th
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.
‘Enemy’ tells the story of an ordinary man, living out each day in the same tired manner; teaching as a history professor, going home at night and often spending time with his girlfriend. One night, upon a recommendation from a co-worker, he ends up renting a film and comes across something unsettling; a man who appears to be identical to him in every conceivable way is in the movie. Following this startling discovery, he promptly begins to look the actor up and try to track down this mysterious double of himself. Soon he finds himself in a confusing and mysterious situation with a man who is appearing to be more physically like him at each step and slowly things begin to get out of hand, spiraling down a path which no one can predict the outcome.
The film is directed by Denis Villeneuve, an individual who I’ve only had the privilege of seeing one of his prior directorial efforts, last year’s absolutely amazing ‘Prisoners’ which also featured Gyllenhaal, and Villeneuve once again delivers an incredibly impressive and smart film here with ‘Enemy.’ He does an wonderful job handling this one and the whole thing really gives off an excellent Hitchcock style vibe. While all of the cast gives impressive and more than capable performances in each of their respective roles, the real star of ‘Enemy’ is without question Jake Gyllenhaal who is truly phenomenal in the lead role(s) and delivers one of his best performances yet, which is saying something with the number of exceptional performances he’s provided over the years.
‘Enemy’ is a film I can see many either loving or hating, but for those who can appreciate an incredibly well crafted thriller that is unlike anything you’ve seen before, then you definitely do not want to miss out on this absolutely amazing film. This is a movie that will bend your mind and leave you enthralled as well as lost, but that will truly pull you in and leave the viewer just as determined as those on screen to figure out what’s truly going on. The film perfectly maintains an eerie and slow-burn intensity in addition to a number of random and mesmerizing imagery that really provides the viewer the tone and emotions you can imagine those on screen are experiencing. On top of the impressive cast and overall fantastic film this is as a whole, the score is also absolutely phenomenal and certainly one of the most notable aspects of ‘Enemy.’
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Enemy’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation on this one looks impressive, as is usually the case with Lionsgate’s releases. There were a few noticeable moments with some slight blurring at the top and/or bottom edges on the borders of the screen, but otherwise everything looks pretty great. The films unique use of rich colors and odd imagery really shine on Blu-Ray and I think most will be quite pleased with this high definition video presentation.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. While a large portion of the film maintains a quiet uneasiness throughout, some moments with random changes in scenes or jumps will really hit hard and the films eerie and amazing score could not possibly sound more magnificent than it does here. An impressive lossless multichannel soundtrack that I’m pretty certain will leave more the majority of the casual viewers and audiophiles alike very satisfied.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Enemy’ really only features one bonus feature, though definitely one worthwhile, a featurette titled: ‘Lucid Dreams: The Making of Enemy’ which clocks in at approximately seventeen minutes and gives a lot of interesting insight into the film, its intentions as well as its production.
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