Saturday, March 29, 2014

Enemy



Ah, the long awaited, buzzed-about 'Enemy'!  Ever since it premiered at Toronto last September I've been longing to see it.  Directed by Denis Villeneuve ('Prisoners', 'Incendies'), based on a novel by Jose Saramago ('Blindness'), and starring Jake Gyllenhaal in not one but two roles as a seemingly disturbed history teacher who finds out he has a doppelganger and then tries to track him down, this dark and atmospheric mystery was rumored to be a bit of a head trip.  Well, that was an understatement!  WTF? is the question that jumps to mind.  I very much enjoyed the build up and the air of suspense and confusion throughout, but I can't help but feel slightly dissatisfied by the ending.  It's almost as if the last reel were missing from the theater.  Or perhaps it's just art.

Grade: A

Who is this movie for?  Those that like their films dark, mysterious, and don't feel cheated by abrupt endings and unresolved questions.

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