Enemy (2014)

107) Enemy (2014)

A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

9/10 – Based on José Saramago’s 2002 novel “The Double”, we see the pairing of Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal shot before, but released after, their highly successful film “Prisoners”. It’s difficult to describe this film without giving too much away, and one of the great things about this film is that it leaves it entirely open to your own interpretation, as there have been no comments made from Villeneuve as to what the ending means.

It is dark and odd, shot in this musky yellow hue and while you sit there trying to figure out what is happening, the clues as to what is going on can pass you by. Multiple watches of this could be required, and no doubt as soon as you find the answer to one question, another question will appear.

Gyllenhaal is fantastic, the story is intriguing and the score is tweaky and unsettling. The final image is horrible. Highly recommended and one of the most interesting films I’ve watched on this challenge.

My interpretation and spoilers below;

My interpretation of it is that Gyllenhaal’s character(s) are the same person. The spiders represent the web of lies he has made, and he is genuinely that delusional that he believes he has an identical ‘body double’. There are some really clever moments pointing to the ongoing theme of this ‘web’, such as the smash on the car screen or the wires overhead, but above all else he is man repressed by repetition, and has a web of lies so deep that even he has managed convince himself of his doubles existence.

That’s fully open to interpretation, but it’s how I saw it. If you’ve seen it, let me know what you thought.

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