Enemy Mine - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Enemy Mine Reviews

Page 2 of 43
½ February 18, 2016
It's like what could have been a couple Star Trek episodes. The majority of the film is a survival story between two enemies, the third act becomes an adventure film. You can tell it's based on a book with the films odd pacing and somewhat episodic format. Acting is up and down. Effects are solid for 85, even though they clearly stole from Star Wars and Battlestar.
While it's predictable, it is still fun to watch these two cultures collide.
½ January 9, 2016
Many illthought things (like why they need helmets inside their ships but how lucky the uninhabited planet they happen to crasch on have oxygen), bad or lack of back story and a draging story makes this a long movie. The effects and background was good, nothing to complain about there.
½ January 3, 2016
Unapologetically sci fi with great sets and design. Not as action packed as the intro implies, but a thoughtful pace and a few interestingly unexpected turns made it a pleasant viewing.
December 13, 2015
It is the late-2000s and Earth is at war with the Dracs, an alien race. During a battle, an Earth fighter pilot, Willis Davidge (played by Dennis Quaid), crash lands on a neutral, seemingly uninhabited planet. A Drac also crash-lands on the planet. Initially the two try to kill each other but soon they discover that they need each other to survive...

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.
November 29, 2015
Goofy yet totally effective, "Enemy Mine" takes its serious premise with some well thought out humor, tense action and occasional heart warming scene. Both the main actors are having a ball with their roles and the effects while dated, add to the movies bizarre charm.
July 22, 2015
A well intentioned but undeniably cheesy B Movie
½ June 29, 2015
This one was very strong for me at that time. Re watched it again after almost 30 years. Not bad not bad
½ May 29, 2015
6/11/2012: 30 min was enough to see this is pretty bad movie. Horrible graphics and boring story line.
5/28/2015: Finally watched the entire film and it was awful.
½ April 27, 2015
Very underappreciated - a very enjoyable sci fi.
April 27, 2015
WOW......WOW.....WOW.....SO SO SO SO SO BAD......MAN THIS IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH.......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......MAN THIS IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH A BAD MOVIE 2 WATCH, JUST AVOID THIS MOVIE AT ALL IT IS SUCH A BAD MOVIE 2 WATCH, JUST AVOID THIS MOVIE AT ALL COSTS IT IS THAT BAD.....JUST DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE IT IS SO AWFUL.......ITS GOT A GOOD SOUNDTRACK THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE.....BUT MAN THIS MOVIE IS SO SO SO AWFUL 2 WATCH....
March 24, 2015
For an hour this was a very good movie.....then the last 40 minutes ruined most of what momentum was built up.
½ March 8, 2015
Surprisingly funny, warm, touching and vastly underrated!
February 27, 2015
In the late 21st century, an interstellar war between humans (the Bilateral Terran Alliance, or BTA) and Dracs (a reptilian humanoid race) is fought. Battles are periodically fought between fighter spacecraft. During one such battle, human pilot Willis E. Davidge (Dennis Quaid) and Drac pilot Jeriba Shigan (Louis Gossett Jr.) engage in a dogfight which results in both crash-landing on Fyrine IV, an alien world uninhabited by intelligent life, with two moons, a breathable atmosphere, water and native fauna. After initial hostilities, the two eventually learn to cooperate to survive. They work together to build a shelter for protection against meteorite storms, a natural phenomenon that periodically strikes the planet. Over the next three years, they overcome their differences to cooperate and survive...

"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. 
February 16, 2015
If this planet doesn't kill us we're going to kill each other.

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."

Grade: B
January 1, 2015
Excellent, pointed Sci-Fi.
January 1, 2015
Excellent, pointed Sci-Fi.
December 8, 2014
A nice sci-fi film that makes you think about differences in culture or race . Nice special-effects from ILM .
½ October 30, 2014
innovative, really unique original story, quite well done for film. the special effects are not of the caliber of what is available in now, but this was filmed decades ago. If you like science fiction that is more involved, interesting, and original than a gaggle of space special effects, you should enjoy this movie very much. I guarantee you will never think about aliens the same way again.
September 2, 2014
78%
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.
August 31, 2014
This did not age gracefully! Too long and too boring. While the basic plot and themes had potential, ultimately I spent more time looking at my watch than looking at the screen. Prime example of a film that might actually benefit from a reboot!
Page 2 of 43