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Enemy of the State
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When successful labor lawyer robert clayton dean has a chance meeting with an old pal he has no idea the trouble hes about to encounter. He later discovers his pal has secretly slipped him a disc containing footage of a hidden political assassination overseen by the senior advisor to the nsa. Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 01/12/2007 Starring: Will Smith Gene Hackman Run time: 132 minutes Rating: R Director: Tony Scott

Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith) is a lawyer with a wife and family whose happily normal life is turned upside down after a chance meeting with a college buddy (Jason Lee) at a lingerie shop. Unbeknownst to the lawyer, he's just been burdened with a videotape of a congressman's assassination. Hot on the tail of this tape is a ruthless group of National Security Agents commanded by a belligerently ambitious fed named Reynolds (Jon Voight). Using surveillance from satellites, bugs, and other sophisticated snooping devices, the NSA infiltrates every facet of Dean's existence, tracing each physical and digital footprint he leaves. Driven by acute paranoia, Dean enlists the help of a clandestine former NSA operative named Brill (Gene Hackman), and Enemy of the State kicks into high-intensity hyperdrive.

Teaming up once again with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Top Gun director Tony Scott demonstrates his glossy style with clever cinematography and breakneck pacing. Will Smith proves that there's more to his success than a brash sense of humor, giving a versatile performance that plausibly illustrates a man cracking under the strain of paranoid turmoil. Hackman steals the show by essentially reprising his role from The Conversation--just imagine his memorable character Harry Caul some 20 years later. Most of all, the film's depiction of high-tech surveillance is highly convincing and dramatically compelling, making this a cautionary tale with more substance than you'd normally expect from a Scott-Bruckheimer action extravaganza. --Jeremy Storey

Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith) is a lawyer with a wife and family whose happily normal life is turned upside down after a chance meeting with a college buddy (Jason Lee) at a lingerie shop. Unbeknownst to the lawyer, he's just been burdened with a videotape of a congressman's assassination. Hot on the tail of this tape is a ruthless group of National Security Agents commanded by a belligerently ambitious fed named Reynolds (Jon Voight). Using surveillance from satellites, bugs, and other sophisticated snooping devices, the NSA infiltrates every facet of Dean's existence, tracing each physical and digital footprint he leaves. Driven by acute paranoia, Dean enlists the help of a clandestine former NSA operative named Brill (Gene Hackman), and Enemy of the State kicks into high-intensity hyperdrive.

Teaming up once again with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Top Gun director Tony Scott demonstrates his glossy style with clever cinematography and breakneck pacing. Will Smith proves that there's more to his success than a brash sense of humor, giving a versatile performance that plausibly illustrates a man cracking under the strain of paranoid turmoil. Hackman steals the show by essentially reprising his role from The Conversation--just imagine his memorable character Harry Caul some 20 years later. Most of all, the film's depiction of high-tech surveillance is highly convincing and dramatically compelling, making this a cautionary tale with more substance than you'd normally expect from a Scott-Bruckheimer action extravaganza. --Jeremy Storey

Customer Reviews:

  • Great action
    movie. You are almost tired by the time it is over. All actors were superb. Will Smith is perfect for these types of movies because of his wit and seriousness. He just brings this character to life and we are routing for him until the end....more info
  • Excellent movie.
    This is an excellent thriller/drama movie with a very relevant plot for todays society. It may have been far fetched when it was made but it is more of a blue print for todays reality.

    The audio and video transfers are excellent and definitely rate a tier 1 presence for Blu-Ray....more info
  • Excellent Movie Must See
    It has a great actor like Will Smith, if any one is suspicious of the goverment this will just add fuel to the fire....more info
  • Sign of the times
    Although made in 1998, a few years before 9/11, the movie is very timely with the events happening now in our world. And strangely, the birthdate of Jon Voight, Thomas Reynolds, the main "bad guy" in the movie is Sept. 11.

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  • Whose the Characature now?
    When this movie was released, the "Evil Right Wing" Republicans were so blantantly portrayed as facists that they were almost parodies. No more after the horror of Sept 11th (I am a survivor), it is Will Smith's wife (The wonderful ACLU Attorney) who it turns out is the characature. When she just brushes off a Republican Senator stating on Larry King that there are 1000s of foreign nationials in america who hate the USA. She calls him a facist.....what would she say now?? I guess that would depend on if she had a loved killed in the Sept 11 attacks. Afterall, ACLU lawyers seem to have the conscience of serial killers when it is innoncent men women and children kiiled who are no relation to them. But nevertheless, this movie is too disturbing to watch now that the real world has overshadowed the liberal elite version of the world....more info
  • Premonitive "Easter Egg" Makes This Great Flick Scarier Now Than Ever
    First off, the "Egg:" Watch closely when they flash Brill's info on the screen during the database search right after Dean's "phone call" so heavily alluded to in the previews. No joke, the dude's birthday is 9/11. I almost fell out of my chair.

    If you haven't seen Enemy of the State yet, please do. It's a wonderfully done conspiracy/chase thriller with stellar acting from Hackman and Smith, a perfectly tuned score, and morose, paranoid overtones that enhance the work as a whole.

    If you have seen it and you're just camping reviews to make sure nobody craps all over your fave flick, watch it again and pause when Brill's ID comes up on the screen.

    Somebody please tell me I'm seeing things. Because the film's subject matter makes the coincidence a creepy one....more info
  • Blu ray movie
    I love blu rays ever since I bought and you cant get any better picture or thrill in any other system like the blu ray. I fully recommend this movie for an action thriller....more info
  • Action Packed - Thriller
    I bought this movie in 2007 and have since bought the bluray verion of the movie. Downright murder through dirty politics precedes the infidelity, illegal surveillance, crime, and payback that make up this thrill-packed action movie. This movie can so easily be overlooked (at one's loss and peril) but it pitches up there with some of Will Smith's best movies. If you liked Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Downey Jr. and Wesley Snipes's US Marshalls (1998) then you will love this movie. A great buy....more info
  • Very Good Movie
    One of Will Smiths first feature roles. His acting in this one had its flaws. Now you can tell how much he has improved. Political statement movie about government wire-tapping and surveillance. Will comes into possession of something some one in the government wants and they bring the (illegal) force of the NSA against him to get it back. Mystery, intrigue in this movie. As well you riveted to find out what happens to Will and his family. Outstanding ending....more info
  • great great movie
    Definately one of the best spy movies I have seen in a long time.
    From the murder at the start to the resturant scene at the end this is a great modern day spy story. Whether you take the gadgets seriousely or not is up to you, remember, it is just a movie. My only complaint is that Will Smith is way out of his league in this one, he just cannot hold it in a serious movie. Hackman who does not appear until almost half way thru the movie steals the show and shows what a class act he is. Will smith should stick to the goofy parts he has played before like MIB or wild wild west, not the serious movies The scenery and tech stuff is all well done and one worth owning, so BUY THIS ONE...more info
  • Cat & Mouse suspense ... all too possible in real life
    This film took a little time to take off in the beginning, but it was necessary to stage the action that would come later.

    The movie opens with a powerful politician, played by John Voight, killing another politician who refuses to support a bill that would allow spying into people's lives to protect the country. That killing is caught on tape and the tape falls into the hands of a researcher who then slips the tape into a shopping bag carried by Will Smith's character.

    From there the action takes off at a breathtaking pace. The parts are flawlessly acted - John Voight is the perfect embodiment of the stereotypical evil politician, Will Smith is the helpless victim, and Gene Hackman is the brilliant strategist who pulls the entire film together. I won't say more as I wouldn't want to spoil the suspense.

    The thing about this movie is it seems so terrifyingly real. They show throughout the film, the tracking systems used (satellites and high end computer programs). I found myself thinking about this one for days after seeing it. It made me pause and wonder just how real the scenario could be and what it would mean to the general population.
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  • Enemy Of The State..It's not paranoia if they're really after you
    Enemy Of The State stars Will Smith and Gene Hackman. Neither of these fine actors made a bad movie that I know of. This is a fine thriller movie about government surveillance and a bad national security agent played by Jon Voight. The good news is that the surveillance technology featured in this movie is for real and targeted against US enemies . The bad news is that sometimes the government things We are the enemy....more info
  • Very Cool!!! (4.5 stars)
    Good flick. I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Will Smith and Gene Hackman. Wow!

    Will Smith is brought into the story as an unsuspecting businessman. By accident.

    This film just takes off from the very beginning.

    I am not going to give the story away, but you will not be disappointed if you get this one....more info

  • Will Smith The Actor is better than Will The Rapper
    i saw this one last year in england.the acting is a good as the action. and the gadgets the goverment uses to track will smith down were extremely creepy. this movie really takes off in the third act, when will starts to get the upper hand, with help from gene hackman. his all-knowing/paranoid conspiracy theory character was dead-on brilliant. this is will's best movie since six degrees of seperation, that is unless he shocks people with ali......more info
  • No "Conversation"
    The filmmakers were unwise to make Hackman's character so similar to his earlier role in "The Conversation", as that film is superior to this one in every way. This one's a poor excuse for a thriller. The script's half as clever as it wants to be, and Will Smith's one-liners don't help any. The surveillance technology throughout is more or less magic, doing impossible things with lots of gee-whiz sound effects....more info
  • Good but....
    The plot was excellent, gene hackman and will smith were excellent but one thing that got me extremely aggravated was the innaccurate portrayal of the NSA and their agents, especially the agents, I mean who on earth is gonna believe seth green jack black and all those actors from gone in 60 seconds and saving private ryan are real nsa agents, their acting was so off and i could never for a second believe any of them had the intelligence nor the ability to work for any federal agency other than the post office. If you are gonna choose bad guys, choose bad guys that we can believe are truely bad not just dim-witted....more info
  • Enemy of the State
    This movie has a good plot, good actors and overall is entertaining. The only thing in the form of a critique would be that the screenplay writers seemed to want the movie to run into tomorrow. It could have ended much sooner than it did by cutting out some of the scenes that contributed little-to-nothing to the movie. Because of that, when it gets close to the end, you might either already be bored, or on the other hand, happy that the movie is ending soon.
    As I said, good plot, good acting, and screenwriters with an ego....more info