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Tony Scott


Will Smith
Gene Hackman
Jon Voight
Lisa Bonet
Regina King
Stuart Wilson





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Robert Clayton Dean is a lawyer and family man but a chance encounter with an old friend leaves him with evidence of a politically-motivated murder. On the run from a corrupt NSA official and his lackeys, his only hope to stay alive is an ex-government operative and surveillance specialist. -- Chris Kavan

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Decent enough political thriller elevated by Gene Hackman's performance which consciously refers back to the cult paranoid thriller The Conversation.

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The main asset of this thriller is its fast pace, which never allows the plot to drag and also manages to gloss over any plot holes or inconsistencies without raising suspicion. Will Smith is overshadowed by the crotchety performance of Gene Hackman, who chews the scenery boldly in every scene. Also, Jack Black cameo!

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The usual thriller, where the main character has to keep running from the 'bad guys'. Solid entertainment.

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Excellent movie, excellent plot, great actors, extremely relevant to real life, Will Smith's best role.

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07/18/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Enemy of the State review

This fast paced thriller consists of heavy weight artists such as Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet , Regina King, and Jack Black. It starts out with a Lawyer trying to search for a gift for his wife. His batch mate from college grabs hold of important information needed by the NSA (National Security Agency). NSA feds track down the vital data which was placed inside the gifts of Atty. Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith). The original person who had the video was accidentally killed and the pursuit is on. Numerous “bugs” were planted on the protagonists’ clothes and home. An ex was killed by the NSA to frame “Bobby” so anything he explains in the media will be falsified. The NSA does their best to lose his credibility, family, and himself. He then bumps into Brill, a f...

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09/11/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

More Relevant Today Than 10 Years Ago

I enjoyed this thriller because not only is it composed of action sequences, it also has something to say about our increasingly controlling government as our technology becomes increasingly advanced. Although released ten years ago, it’s more relevant today than anything. Will Smith did a great job as a man caught in a whirlpool of crime. His character is smart, resourceful and has a good family so it’s easy to root for him to succeed. While I was entertained with the action scenes that involve Smith, my favourite scenes are when Gene Hackman and Jon Voight would interact. Watching the two veteran actors collide is like watching a championship boxing match, only words are used as weapons instead of fists. The theme of the movie is consistently interesting and it made me wonder whether th...

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