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Enemy (2014)



Critic Consensus: Thanks to a strong performance from Jake Gyllenhaal and smart direction from Denis Villeneuve, Enemy hits the mark as a tense, uncommonly adventurous thriller.

Movie Info

Academy Award Nominee Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with his PRISONERS director, Academy Award Nominee Denis Villeneuve, in this sexy and hypnotically surreal psychological thriller that breathes new life into the doppleganger tradition. Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend, Mary (Laurent). Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, a bit-part actor named Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined. Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, provoking empathy as well as disapproval while embodying two distinct personas. With masterfully controlled attention to detail, Villeneuve takes us on an enigmatic and gripping journey through a world that is both familiar and strange - and hard to shake off long after its final, unnerving image. ENEMY, adapted from Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's 2004 novel The Double, is about the power of the subconscious. In the end, only one man can survive. (c) A24 Filmsmore
Rating: R (for some strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Javier Gullón, José Saramago
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2014
A24 Films - Official Site


Jake Gyllenhaal
as Adam / Anthony
Joshua Peace
as Teacher at School
Tim Post
as Anthony's Concierge
Kedar Brown
as Security Guard
Misha Highstead
as Lady in the Dark Roo...
Megan Mane
as Lady in the Dark Roo...
Darryl Dinn
as Video Store Clerk
Alexis Uiga
as Lady in the Dark Roo...
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News & Interviews for Enemy

Critic Reviews for Enemy

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (28)

Gyllenhaal embodies both men with care, building distinct characters that no amount of physical similarity can prevent discerning who is who.

Full Review… | March 9, 2016
The Film Stage

For those who enjoy a different kind of cinema, this is not to be missed.

Full Review… | February 29, 2016
Today's Zaman (Turkey)

As with many Gyllenhaal flicks, a huge amount goes unsaid - such as what is going on.

Full Review… | December 22, 2015
The Sun (UK)

From the opening shot of Enemy, you are trained to expect something out of the ordinary.

Full Review… | April 17, 2015

Rewarding for those who enjoy the menace and mystery that accompanies the cinema of the mind.

Full Review… | January 16, 2015
The Ooh Tray

The eerie music and abstract, experimental approach to storytelling creates a disquieting ambiance which emanates off the screen, turning what could effectively be a light tale, into something that seems so sinister.

Full Review… | January 16, 2015

Audience Reviews for Enemy


Excellently acted and filmed mystery thriller about a man who discovers an actor looks exactly like him. The film does a lot of things right in the unraveling of this premise, albeit dodging a few questions that should most certainly arise. That's pretty interesting and exciting to follow, as long as you prepare yourself for not really getting an ultimate answer. Of course in the end the film has to be artsy for being artsy's sake. I wasn't even that mad, though, because the road there was fun.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


A challenging, disorienting puzzle built on an extremely tense atmosphere and a slow-burning pacing to promote discussions and interpretations regarding its mind-twisting plot - which may be even simpler than it seems, with one key to it in one of its posters.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Bafflingly brilliant in every way, "Enemy" marks a career high for Jake Gyllenhaal, as he portrays the characters of Adam and Anthony. After seeing a film, he notices someone who looks just like him. He then looks into this actors career and notices two other films as well. After viewing his films, he decides to contact him to meet up. The confrontation is very well-handled and the climax of the film after everything begins to tie together, twists the entire story around, making you feel upset and happy all at once. By the time the credits roll you will have been through an entire universe of emotions, and although the ending may not completely make sense upon first viewing, you can tell the filmmakers meant something profound with it, and for that, I loved it. Every second of this picture, from the camerawork, to the acting, to the screenplay (slim I might add), is breathtaking. "Enemy" is one of my favourite films in this genre for sure, but it is not for everyone, especially for casual moviegoers. I loved every second of this artistic film. "Enemy" is brilliant!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Enemy Quotes

Adam + Anthony: Did you fuck my wife?!
– Submitted by James D (22 months ago)
Adam + Anthony: If I blink it's a good break from one of my movies.
– Submitted by John A (23 months ago)
Adam + Anthony: I'd rather eat rotten road kill than watch my own movie.
– Submitted by John A (23 months ago)

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