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ENEMY (2014)




A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.


“Enemy” sure has a thing with spiders, doesn’t it? I’m not going to bore you with yet another review that tries to interpret what they mean. If anything, I’m going to enjoy a narrative that goes out of its way to say that everything is face value. Well, about as face value as you can get in this world. There are no clones, no robots and no Sci-Fi time manipulation. Sometimes, you do have a doppelganger out there and you might be a little jealous of their life. No one in the world has it as easy as you would believe. But, perception is everything and splitting focus on the matter can lead to confusion. But, Gyllenhaal handles the material so damn well.

Jake Gyllenhaal is starting to bring it as an adult actor. While he holds his own with Melanie Laurent, something emerges when he meets his double’s pregnant wife. There’s a sense of fascination and appreciation that you wouldn’t receive from a young man. He wants to know this world, but he doesn’t know if he could properly fit into something so complicated. It’s fascinating, yet it raises major issues involving identity in the Post Modern world. The film is so open-ended that we could spend forever trying to break it apart. I love that a movie like this wants to make me think, but I also need a shred of concrete structure.

The Blu-Ray comes with a featurette and trailers as the special features. The A/V Quality is really strong for an indie feature. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track stands up when compared to the 2014 releases. The same can be said for desaturated pale green sheen of the 1080p transfer. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 06/24/2014

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