Adapted from Jose Saramago’s novel The Double, Enemy is a movie that got me curiouser and curiouser by the minute as I watch it during the premiere showing held Monday, July 28 at SM Megamall Cinema 6. With Jake Gyllenhaal leading the cast, the movie is about Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal), a history professor who watched a movie as recommended by a colleague. After watching the movie, Adam realized he saw himself in it, or at least someone who looks exactly like him. His research led to a discovery of Anthony Clair, a bit player. The two met and their lives became chaotic, to say the least.
I love how Denis Villeneuve made the film. As one scene plays out, a new comes along leaving me thinking of what just happened. And yet I’m also trying to decipher what’s going on in the screen. As I begin to understand, I’m suddenly jolted, and curious once again. Of course, Gyllenhaal did a great job acting as Adam Bell and Anthony Clair. You feel him, understand him, hate him in both persona that he’s portraying.
The movie was shot on location in Ontario, Canada. It’s worth noting that because the area was unfamiliar, it added a sense curiosity to the movie as well. I guess I’ve seen Hollywood movies shot in the United States that one look and it suddenly becomes familiar. The director decided to shoot the film on lonely streets that you’ll be focused on the characters and still be interested where the places are.
As the movie progressed to its climax, the movie turned its focus, although for just a short time, to the ladies – Mélanie Laurent as Adam’s girlfriend and Sarah Gadon as Anthony’s wife. Although Laurent’s performance was just fine, Gadon showed something interesting. The ladies are obviously not at the focal point of the movie, but they each gave performances needed to keep the storyline going.
Locally distributed by Solar Pictures, Enemy made me, to borrow the line from Alice in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser as the movie ended. Suddenly, I wanted to read Saramago’s novel. The movie is definitely worth watching. It is highly recommended, especially for those who loves movies that makes them think. Enemy opens on July 31st. While waiting, watch the trailer below.