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Movie review: Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is too restrained and tasteful in exploring identity

Published on Apr 9, 2014 2:15 PM
 
 Stills from the movie Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon. -- FILE PHOTO: SHAW

ENEMY (M18)

91 minutes/Opens on Thursday/2 stars

The story: Crumpled history teacher Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) rents a video and discovers a bit part actor who looks exactly like him. He becomes obsessed with the man and tracks him down, much to the consternation of girlfriend Mary (Melanie Laurent). Adam convinces his lookalike, Anthony St Clair, to meet him and they discover that whilethey are physically identical, their personalities are polar opposites.

Director Denis Villeneuve comes to this project with a trailer full of critical love for his child abduction thriller Prisoners (2013) and Oscar-nominated meditation on religious conflict Incendies (2010). He has earned well justified praise for muscular, suspense-driven works that explore the deep questions of human behaviour.

 
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