As soon as the last scene unfolds, the theater audience were like “What the fuck happened?” It’s like diving to Filipino lingo “Anyare?” as Jake Gyllenhaal‘s doppelgänger character eased a sigh before the end credit of Enemy appears. This event happened on a SONA 2014 day.
To our mind, everyone who came out of the movie house were either dumb-founded, crazy laughing, confused, disappointed, satisfied, to somehow disturbed of what we’ve seen for a couple of hours. Thanks to Solar Pictures Philippines, we’ve finally saw this 2013 Toronto International Film Festival movie on it’s Philippine premiere. Enemy also bagged Best Director, Best Actress, editing, cinematography, and original score at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards.
The starting dragging minutes weren’t that kind to bore you out off your seats but rather will intensify the curiosity of seeing two Jakes in this story.
Enemy is psycho-sexual and was inspired on 2002 novel The Double by Jose Saramago and was brought to film directed by Denis Villeneuve.
We have to commend Villeneuve for setting up a mood that wasn’t mainstream. It’s like a documentary that wasn’t but with the subtle yet eerie acting of the main characters. Enemy is one mind-boggling experimental trippy movie. Acting and imagery were great that you would not notice how two Jakes were master-crafted digitally on-screen.
Jake is Adam Bell and Anthony Claire in this film that has a twisting story and spiders in it. Just don’t blink too much for you might miss hidden spiderwebs and giant tarantula lurking in the city scene.
Adam and Anthony are mysteriously of the same look in appearance that you might think they were twins. They’re identical that they resemble both voices and body scars. The only difference is that Anthony wears a wedding ring while Adam does not. Keep that in mind because that will be brought up in the last of the final scenes.
If it were not for the ‘twilight zone’ mood of the film, we will say that Enemy is a total crap and we want to demand our money back. But Enemy means more than the tarantula and the two Jakes in this film. We’ve read from another source that Enemy represents a totalitarian government and how it influenced its people. There are also hidden clues, according to the site. Yet, in all honesty, that wasn’t how we interpreted Enemy.
Enemy could be interpreted in many ways and you could decipher the clues if you’ll watch it all over again. But we think a light-minded person will have second thoughts on seeing this film again for the second time. Take for example that when we watched it last night, along the quiet mood of the film we heard a loud snoring among the audience at the orchestra side. Too loud that almost all of the audience heard it and had a good laugh which extended up to the last moment when were all leaving the Cinema 6 of SM Megamall movie theater.
We will bet that, whoever that person was will not want to see Enemy again unless that person really finds Enemy as a great excuse to fall asleep inside a movie house. Saying that, it will be a plus factor if you’re a broad-minded person if you’re watching Enemy.
So there, we’d give you a glimpse of what’s in store for you should you attempt to watch Enemy in one of these days. We look forward to hear from you if you liked it or hate it. We are not so sure if Enemy is more creepier than the #SONA2014 delivered by Pres. Aquino earlier on this particular day.
Distributed by Solar Pictures, Enemy opens in cinemas tomorrow, July 30, 2014.
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