Monday, September 29, 2014

Enemy 2013


     This film is adapted from a novel, The Double written by Portuguese author Jose Saramago and published in 2004. Adam Bell lives in Toronto and he is a college professor teaching History.  He’s quiet, serious, a casual dresser and stuck in his routines.  Mary is his girlfriend and she lives with him.  Adam is watching a rental movie and he spots an actor in a small role that looks just like him.  This isn’t a looks somewhat like Adam discovery but they look exactly alike?  Adam rents more of the movies with this actor to make sure he’s not just seeing things.  He is a double and Adam feels he must find out more about this actor.  He finds out he also lives in Toronto and his movie name is Daniel Satin Claire but his real name is Anthony Claire.  He has a wife named Helen and she is six months pregnant.  Adam and Anthony meet face-to-face and they discover everything about them is the same, their hands, faces and a scar on their chests.
     There are scenes that stretch for a long time with not much happening.  Everything seems to be in brown tones especially with Adam and his life.  These details are supposed to draw you into the mystery of the two identical men.  There isn’t much mystery here and there is not much interesting either.  A film of 60 minutes stretched out to 90 minutes and not a satisfying story or resolution.  2* (I didn’t like this movie)

90 min, Mystery directed by Denis Villeneuve with Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini, Joshua Peace, Tim Post, Kedar Brown.

Note:  Imdb 6.8 out of 10, 73% critic 59% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*.

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