Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Denis Villeneuve movie, Prisoners, obvious, tiresome and excrucia-tingly overlong, it is a pleasure to report that his newest film, ENEMY, again starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is everything Prisoners was not: concise and economical but also tantalizing and surprising. The film is full of barely buried dread and deals with themes of identity, paranoia, suspicion, that ever-present combination of sex and death, misogyny and maybe genophobia.
Incendies and Maelstrom. It may be -- probably is -- that this filmmaker allows his subject matter and screenplay to dictate, at least somewhat, his style. Here--working from a screenplay by that excellent screen-writer Javier Gullón (El rey de la montaña and Hierro) based on a novel by Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago--Villeneuve directs as close to the vest as he's ever done.
Mélanie Laurent (above) and Sarah Gadon (below) register strongly, even though part of their purpose here is to show us how similar is the taste in women that our two "heroes" possess. Isabella Rossellini makes also makes a single-scene appearance as someone's mother.
A24 and running just 90 minutes, opens theatrically exclusively in New York City at the Angelika Film Center this Friday, March 14. The following week it will open across the country. Click here to view all currently scheduled playdates, with cities and theaters included. (This movie has also been playing, since last month, exclusively on DIRECTV.)