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An entertaining, topical thriller that finds director Tony Scott on solid form and Will Smith confirming his action headliner status.
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[Its] spirited action is balanced by an almost contemplative attitude toward surveillance phobias and the movie cliches they've spawned.
Add Smith's lippy innocent and a host of subcontracted indie fresh faces, and you have the Bruckheimer formula: loud, lavish, seemingly efficient; over-large, over-long, over-plotted. Safe and sorry.
Since Scott could not make this film snap, crackle or pop faster or more loudly, you might find the evening a bit light.
Hard to sit through.
From there, with the mystery entirely gone and the thrills fading fast, the rest is pretty much a two-hour chase sequence, culminating in a hilariously maladroit shoot-out.
What do you say about a movie that sends you home in a frenzy to search for bugs? In the new age of Big Brother, that's entertainment.
As a simple thriller that wants only to excite and intensify, it's one of the better ones that the late '90s produced.
Decent thriller; not suitable for kids.
A highly enjoyable hi-tech thriller.
Distinctly uneven but generally entertaining...
If you want to believe in the dark side of government, we are already past the predictions of Enemy of the State.
...it's the action, not the acting, that is the key to the movie's success, and that's where it excels with its constant momentum.
As far as action are concerned, Enemy of the State is pure mindless popcorn flick from start to finish. The film has flaws, but it makes up for it with exciting action. I thought this film fun from start to finish, and with every other Tony Scott flick, he delivered a good action film. The cast do a fine job, and despite the fact that Enemy of the state relies on the traditional innocent man involved in political corruption explored in so many other films, this is still a must see film for action film buffs. The film is pure popcorn fare. What do you expect from a Tony Scott film? Will Smith is good as the lead and really delivers something memorable here. Tony Scott as usual delivers the thrills that you'd expect, and he does it well. Although this is far from perfect, Enemy of the State is a good action film for what it is. I was very much entertained, even though the film follows the usual formula of so many other films of this genre. The plot doesn't do anything new or original, thus it's kind of predictable. Despite this, Enemy of the State is still worth watching for a mindless, fun Friday evening. The cast make this film watchable and despite its flaws, this is purely a fun film that has awesome action. A very well done action film, not perfect, but good nonetheless. If you're looking for a good action film that is pure mindless fun, Enemy of the State is the film that you should watch. The cast are good, and the plot despite it's nothing original, it delivers on excitement, face paced action; and it does it well.
Not my idea of an enthralling movie, but okay for it's genre, I guess. I was too bored to tell for certain.
High adrenaline paranoia thriller making great use of the technological potential of the big brother state. While it slowly sets up Will Smith as the innocent man stumbling into this conspiracy, things speed up once his life is taken from him on a technological level. Music, camera work and editing all add up to a really exciting thriller that doesn't take many breaks for catching your breath. The showdown even brings a quantum Tarantino into the mix. The result is satisfying, fast, sometimes spectacular and surprisingly smart.
Will and Gene are excellent in this movie. Will's character's life is turned upside down when he is left with a video tape of a congressman's assassination. He doesn't know that he has the tape and is pursued by National Security Agents who use satellites to track him. Everyone around him is in danger. Great cast and plot.
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