Enemy(2013)

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Enemy is Canadian psychological thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Jake Glynehaal in the lead.Its a story about a man divided between his two identities.The plot is a bit tricky,but i think  its not unusual for a Jake Glynehaal flick.He seems to appear in all these films with a tricky premise.But he pulls it off neatly.Even this film,scarce on entertaining ingredients, is powered by a controlled and subtle  performance by Jake.

Jake is damn good at handling these kind of roles, he had it proven in his second flick itself(Donnie Darko).This film deals with the theme of Doppelganger..Adam and Anthony are two physically identical persons but poles apart  in their characters.They are so identical that they even match in their scars.This can also imply that they  might be twins and was separated causing those scars on the side of the  ribs.But obviously as the film progresses we’ll know we are mislead.Films like these need thorough analysis upon watching.Picture become more and more clearer in each watch.Its like the metaphors hidden in a tough poem.There are a lot of metaphors in this one.Cobwebs and the spiders are the most visible ones.The webs represent the troubles or commitment we have in our lives.And the spider can mean your girlfriend or the society or anything that constantly questions you and make complaints on a regular basis..We are fed up of all the complaints and our commitments.We want to let go of everything.Confused to the core.We questions our own identity.

After the first watch,you’ll only be left with questions.There is the possibility that you can think in all the wrong ways..But its nothing..Adam and Anthony are the same person…Even we have Adam and Anthony in ourselves..So its basically about the fear implanted in all of us.Fear of commitments,career,relationships and all..Maybe reading  the book “The Double”(from which it is adapted) can ease it up a bit..But I can’t be sure since I haven’t read it..But try not to miss this one..Its may not be an easy watch, but an intellectual one..And  this film mostly belongs to Jake.A very compelling performance from this young and growing talent..

My Rating:8/10

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30 thoughts on “Enemy(2013)

  1. Jake will be awesome, as usual 🙂 I was really scared of Donnie Darko in high school though. Sometimes I am afraid of PG-13 flicks lol. I will definitely watch this on video at home, so I can mute the “scary” parts.

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