Director Denis Villeneuve provided Jake Gyllenhaal with one of his best parts in last fall's Prisoners, but their follow-up collaboration, Enemy, takes the atmosphere and ambiguity of that thriller and forgets to have a plot. The movie stars Gyllenhaal as a Toronto history professor whose generic Canadian lifestyle has rendered him so anhedonic he can't even appreciate the fact that he's hooking up with Mélanie Laurent on a regular basis. A film recommended to him by a colleague reveals to him a doppelganger, who, as it turns out, has his own blonde significant other (Sarah Gadon). Confrontation and commingling ensue, at a very, very slow rate.Villeneuve fares best with the visual moments involving Toronto, which becomes a hell of streetcar wires, generic, rain-soaked granite buildings and odd shapes. But the glacial pacing builds impatience rather than suspense. Villeneuve is one of the directors who knows how to use the sadness and unhinged qualities behind Gyllenhaal's boyish good looks, and the moments when Gyllenhaal-2 becomes threatening have a genuine tension to them. The film could have used more of that kick.
Official Site: enemy-movie.com
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: José Saramago and Javier Gullón
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini, Stephen R. Hart, Jane Moffat, Joshua Peace, Tim Post, Laurie Murdoch and Loretta Yu
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