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Excellent transfer. Ratio 2.35:1, good clear picture, sound and subtitles. Talk about Non-Stop action! A few explanatory dialogue scenes, but mostly a huge chase film with the bad guys after Will and Gene all over Washington, including some very dangerous looking stunts in the middle of fast moving traffic. The plot is well written and can be followed easily, whilst retaining a bit of mystery. Smith is terrific and holds his own with the magnetic Hackman (who doesn't appear til the 60 minute mark). Jon Voight has found his second wind as a really badass villain, and the heavies are great fun - Jake Busey/Scott Caan, and our own Ian Hart looking a bit out of place. Jack Black scores heavily as one of the Tech guys on the wrong side! Talking of the plot - it's all about covert surveillance - Then (1998) - What now??? A puzzle to me is the UNBILLED performences from Jason Robards Jnr., and more surprisingly, Tom Sizemore as a vicious Mob boss, who plays an important role in the plot. I know he had many problems in life, but I'd love to know why I had to go to IMDP and find his name right at the bottom of "uncredited in alphabetical order"
It's taken me 10 years to watch this film and now that I've seen it, I think to myself, "why did I wait so long?".
Gene Hackman is an actor who I respect very highly, there's never been a film of his that I've not enjoyed, you do have to wait sometime for him to make his first appearance, but when he does he takes the film to another level, Will Smith and Jon Voigt both put in fine performances too and are supported by a large number of faces that I recognise including shorts stints by Jason Robards and Gabriel Byrne, but for fans of these 2 they are only in the film for around a 2 minutes each and that's it, which in the case of Jason Robards in particular is a shame.
I was glued to this film from start to finish wondering what was going to happen next and how on Earth were the good guys going to get out alive or if indeed were either of them going reach the end of the film.
The film goes along at a good steady rate, at times pretty racy, but I think the thing that I enjoyed most of all was the whole story of a government agency or indeed anyone trying to destroy someones life to cover their own mistake/crime and the extreme measures that they take in order to find the evidence that would bring them down.
Thought provoking in that if they can do what they do to a totally innocent person who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, then they could conceivably do this to anyone at anytime, maybe they already have?
If you liked the BBC series "The Last Enemy", then you will love this. "Enemy of the State" is basically a story of how government databases and surveillance systems are open to abuse, and what the consequences can be for the innocent person in the street. But where "The Last Enemy" now looks dated and looks like it was made on a BBC budget, "Enemy of the State" gets the full Hollywood treatment and feels current twelve years after it was made.
"Enemy of the State" brings together an excellent cast, an important current topic (in fact it was ahead of its time when first made), suspense and action. For me, the action sequences took up too much of the film, but it is still a great film. And where a lot of films have an anti-climactic ending, this one gets the ending just right.
Will Smith and Jon Voight are both good, as always, but Gene Hackman is spectacularly well cast in this film. Possibly the best thing I have seen Gene Hackman do.
Bearing in mind when this film was made it was probably a fairly accurate account of the surveillance society in which we live. Thinks have grown and continue to grow worse at an almost exponential rate. This having been said, and ignoring the over emphasised nature of what is basically an adventure thriller it offers great entertainment and typical of its creators. The film accelerates in pace from a slowish start while the basics of the story are set out to almost a frenzy as the protagonists punch and counter punch. Certainly one of the better performances by Wil Smith and a quietly played tour de force by Gene Hackman. Entertaining to watch and one hopes that watchers will realise that there just could a real dark message behind the floor show.
I rate this movie very highly - a fantastic combination of action, suspense, politics and power that keeps you engaged the entire film. Having seen the normal edition as well as this extended edition I must emphasise that I prefer the normal edition. It is great to see the extended scenes within the movie but I found that the additions didn't contribute much to the film itself. In my opinion this is some of Will Smiths finest work - his portrayal of a lawyer turned upside-down by circumstance and surveillance is so convincing that it had me thinking about the realistic nature behind the plot. Conspiracy theorists unite! After seeing this movie you will start to wonder whether this could happen in real life. Don't hesitate - a fantastic film for a bargain price.
The usual over the top acting from Will Smith, (is he seriously so one dimensional !) and a great, (as usual), support performance by Gene Hackman. Unfortunately, (or possibly fortunately), both are upstaged by the cat who steals the show. About as believable as the moon landings, sightings of the Loch Ness monster and alien abduction. Do not watch this if you are a serious conspiracy theorist as it will lead to sleepless nights and an uncontrollable urge to live off grid on a remote island. Other than that this is a most enjoyable movie that entertains from minute one through to the closing credits.
I don't want my title to put people off this if they haven't seen it. Decent is not a bad word! I enjoy this film and have watched it several times. Each time is a pleasure and I don't tire of it. Will Smith puts in a good performance whilst Gene Hackman is excellent. Smith plays an attorney who ends up being in the wrong place in the wrong time and as a result he puts himself firmly in the sights of the CIA. They bug him and track him with a very powerful array of gadgets and computer systems. Enlisting the help of Hackman, Smith attempts to clear his name after being setup for a murder he didn't commit. Its slick, explosive and great fun. A good film.
In my opinion, Will Smith's best performance and Gene Hackman's character as a cat loving ex-CIA operative was brilliant! A great story line, fantastic action and real tension in this high tec thriller. I saw it on tv recently and thought I have to get this on dvd.
Although there are many films like this in the genre this one takes the prize. I don't need to go into the plot since I'm sure most people know it already but all I will say is if you are ever bored of what's on tv and have a couple of hours to kill then sling this one in the player and enjoy the ride!!!!
This film has to be one of thee very best films i have ever seen to this day , it is a little bit old now by some peoples standards but don't let that put you off because if you do , you will miss a truly EPIC flim.
Gene Hackman is outstanding in this film ( as always ) and so is will smith , also look out for apperances from Jack black , Jamie kennedy ( the real life trickster and prankster ).
This is pure spy fi at its best and it really has you thinking who is watching you in real life after you have finished watching it.