of the State/B,B+
Enemy of the State
erupts from the core of paranoiac cinema. Don’t look now, but the
government has the capability to watch your every move.
Sophisticated computer programs and powerful satellites make it
possible to zoom in on the smallest sector of the planet and through
mind-boggling interpolation do almost anything including reading the
small print on a prescription drug package.
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The best thing about Enemy of the State
is Gene Hackman. The worst thing about it is that we get far too
little of the irascible screen veteran.
Not that Will Smith is not up to the chore of a union
attorney caught up in a government murder plot that gets out of
hand. Smith has good screen presence and plays well with Hackman. In
fact, he plays best when Hackman is on screen with him.
Echoes of the great Coppola film The Conversation that
starred Hackman as a surveillance master are inevitable. Enemy
of the State is a very
different film, once again with Hackman playing a master of
surveillance. It’s package is visceral while The
character with brilliant precision. There’s no Harry Caul in Enemy.
Tony Scott is one slick director and often
his smooth touch is a great asset for this action film. It seems
like it’s a might too slick though. Some of the process shots take
you away from the real tension. Better that he should have stuck
with the whiplash cutting that works so well under his guidance.
So many DVDs look so good today. Enemy
of the State makes the grade in
fine stead. The images are very sharp, the color on the money and
there’s lots of light output. Small details are easily discernible
in the Dolby 5:1 surround mix. The big explosion is big, bassy and
sonically solid. Explosive video transitions have no hint of bloom.
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