"Enemy" Movie Review: 3 Stars
by Michael Phillips
Based on "The Double" by novelist
We're in a city --
Is this man, Adam, the same man (also played by Gyllenhaal) we meet in the prologue, the one attending some sort of underground sex club, where a woman in very high heels and little else crushes a large, hairy tarantula to death? The spider imagery roams freely in "Enemy."
On the advice of a colleague, Adam rents a movie called "Where's There's a Will, There's a Way." In the movie, stuck in a
bit part, there's an actor who looks exactly like Adam. The professor, taking some time away from his desultory relationship with
Quicker than you can say "Make mine a double!" Adam and the actor blur the lines of their respective roles.
This could be a story of one psyche split in two. Or, judging from the nutty final shot, it could be an allegory about tangled webs and male insecurities.
Either way, as scripted by
The director is
It's not a frenzied head-trip, the way
It's best taken, I think, as a jape and a wry male-centric fable on transgression and desire.
Villeneuve puts it this way: "It was designed to be very playful, meaning it's really a movie like some of the films that I liked when I was young, like 'The Twilight Zone.'" Many are destined to find the elliptical torpor of all those underfurnished interiors a little vexing, and may find that statement silly.
The surprise ending achieves a unique double whammy; it's simultaneously blunt and completely baffling. And yet this film worked for me. Consider it a riddle, methodically sustained. Whatever it is, it's a movie that holds together even as its meanings are coming apart.
MPAA rating: R (for some strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language). Running time: 1:30.
"Enemy" Movie Trailer
"Enemy" is full of suspense. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the film about a man who discovers his "twin" in a movie that he watches. The two men meet and their lives begin to interlock in odd ways