Enemy Mine Reviews
While it's predictable, it is still fun to watch these two cultures collide.
An interesting story of friendship and tolerance, with a good message regarding race relations, and the stupidity of war. Quite emotional at times, especially in the middle third or so.
However, very similar to Hell in the Pacific, made in 1968 and starring Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune. This movie was set in WW2 and involved a US pilot and a Japanese naval officer being marooned on an island together. Similar story progression (to a point) and similar moral themes.
Other than the feeling that this has been done before (though in a different setting and with a different ending), there are a few other negatives to Enemy Mine. Final few scenes are cheesy action scenes and ruin, to a degree, the emotional buildup of the movie.
Furthermore, the production values of the movie are quite poor. Yes, I know this was made in 1985 but the special effects in Star Trek (series and movie) and Battlestar Galactica (the original series), all made well before this, are much better.
Overall, worth watching, especially if you haven't seen Hell in the Pacific yet. Better still: see Hell in the Pacific instead. It has a tighter plot, is not sci fi, so is more realistic and relatable, has better production values and is more subtle in its approach.
5/28/2015: Finally watched the entire film and it was awful.
"Enemy Mine" is a 1985 science fiction drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen based on the story of the same name by Barry B. Longyear. The film began production in Budapest in April 1984 under the direction of Richard Loncraine, who quickly ran into "creative differences" with producer Stephen J. Friedman and executives at 20th Century Fox; the project was shut down after a week of shooting. Wolfgang Petersen then took over as director and reshot Loncraine's scenes after moving the production to Munich. Originally budgeted at $17 million, Enemy Mine eventually cost more than $40 million after marketing costs were factored in, and was a disappointment at the box office during the 1985 holiday season, earning only $12.3 million. The president of Fox's marketing department felt the film was an "extremely difficult movie to market", that its story of two species evolving from enemies to friends made the science fiction picture less about the technology used to film it and more "along the lines of brotherhood." This was epitomized by the film's tagline: "Enemies because they were taught to be, allies because they had to be, brothers because they dared to be." The studio pushed the film with a full marketing blitz: On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, full-page advertisements ran in 43 of the largest newspapers in the United States. Meanwhile, Fox arranged for a "network roadblock": three 30-second television commercials ran at virtually the same prime time moment on what were then the three television networks. Still that same day, 3,500 theatrical trailers were shipped to theaters across America and 164 of the nation's biggest shopping malls were covered with posters for the film. The campaign received some critical scorn from those in the industry. The poster, with the two leads staring at each other, was singled out for failing to convey the warmth of the story. A marketing head at another studio called it "one of the worst of the year, really terrible. There was a way to make the movie much more palatable." Roger Ebert gave the film 2 1?2 out of 4 stars, saying it "made no compromises in its art direction, its special effects and its performances - and then compromised everything else in sight." Janet Maslin of The New York Times referred to it as "This season's Dune", referring to the critically panned science fiction epic from the previous year. Variety magazine called it "an anthropomorphic view of life but touching nonetheless." "Enemy Mine" has been on my to see list since it came out and Iīm not sure why I didnīt see it then. The storyline is so very current and alive with two enemies finding the core of their humanity and realising that thereīs no reason or understanding for them being enemies. With that said, the production itself suffered from problems from the start and thatīs never a good sign. The special effects are good in some cases, pretty poor in other. Thereīs too many bad green screen moments and the general production design looks a bit wobbly. Then again in 1985 I reckon it was pretty good and moviegoer in general most have felt it looked authentic. However, the gem in the film is the bond that develops between the sworn enemies Davidge and Jeriba. Dennis Quaid is ok, but the fake beard and hair is not convincing. While Louis Gossett Jr. is simply magnificent and unrecognisable as "Jerry". A true performance and heads up to the make up department. "Enemy Mine" is an ok sci-fi flick, but the storyline of two enemies becoming true friends is the hero (despite some Hollywood sappiness), not everything else around it.
The Earth has become so uninhabitable that the humans have invaded the galaxy and started marking their territory. The Dracs do not take too kindly to the human's behavior and a battle ensues. A human and drac pilot crash on a deserted planet with many of their friends dying around them. The Drac and the human will have to work together to survive.
"What am I supposed to do, run down to the market for a jar of baby Drac food?"
Wolfgang Petersen, director of Troy, Das Boot, The Never Ending Story, Air Force One, Outbreak, Poseidon, Shattered, and In the Line of Fire, delivers Enemy Mine. The storyline for this picture is fairly entertaining and an interesting addition to the science fiction genre. The acting by Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr. was excellent.
"Where the hell has he been?"
I remembered thoroughly enjoying this picture as a youth and was happy to come across it on HBOGO. This was very fun, entertaining and well executed. This isn't a perfect picture by any means, but the characters were well delivered. I do recommend seeing this.
"He fulfilled his vow."
It's 80s cheese for sure, but Enemy Mine is quite a harmless flick about a man and his friend from a misunderstood alien race.