Enemy Of The State

 (5,068)7.32 h 12 min1998R
HD. A lawyer goes on the run after he is given a video tying a National Security Agency official to a murder.
Tony Scott
Will SmithGene HackmanJon Voight
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Regina KingLoren DeanJake BuseyBarry PepperGabriel Byrne
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KevReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsEven More Relevant Today
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You would swear this movie was made in the years after 9/11, but it was made a few years before. Most of these capabilities of intelligence agencies didn't even come to light until 2013. The general public needs to start taking privacy and security more seriously. The argument shouldn't be "I'm not worried since I have nothing to hide". The problem comes down to, what happens when the one's watching you have something to hide, and want to silence you when you try to speak up? Doesn't even have to be a state entity, it could be a rouge hacker who has a personal grudge against you. Technology and the internet can be a great tool but also our greatest vulnerability if we are not more careful and proactive. Highly recommended film.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 13, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsAnyone could become an enemy of the state in today's surveillance society
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Enemy of the State was a spy thriller about the expanding power of the government. The National Security Agency (NSA) is asking for more authority to surveille foreigners to look for terrorists. This of course opens the door to watching all Americans and the abuse of that power. Attorney Robert Dean (Will Smith) gets caught in the middle of the NSA’s plans.

The film exposes all the ways that the government can keep track of people. Dean actually doesn’t have what the NSA is looking for which adds to the message that the authorities could sweep up the innocent along with the guilty as people’s privacy shrinks more and more.

The movie works on two levels. It’s a great thriller. Smith and Hackman play well off each other. It also has a good political message, which is more relevant today than when Enemy of the State originally came out.
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ClarityOfMindReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsEXCELLENT DRAMA with Will Smith/Gene Hackman/John Voight...
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Will Smith is a lawyer who gets caught up in the crosshairs of a mob and American intelligence agencies. Will Smith becomes an unwitting target after a former college classmate leaves something with Will WITHOUT Will’s knowledge. This item is very important as it is documented proof of corruption and a hugely impactful crime... seemingly lots of “new technology” at the time although many Americans were aware of national surveillance by US intelligence agencies. Proof of this with Edward Snowden and others shows that these Americans are FAR from paranoid after all.

Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Regina King and John Voight are our main characters with John Voight as the “heavy.”

Basically, John is an AMBITIOUS and PARANOID deputy director of the FBI and tries desperately to manipulate an important political leader to “allow his party members to vote their conscience.“ This vote allow ILLEGAL surveillance of American citizens (4th amendment) without their knowledge ~ using their cable service which is a CRYSTAL CLEAR violation of their privacy. ⚫️SPOILER: The video evidence shows a murder and it will cause serious problems for somebody’s agenda.

Parts of this film may seem dated, but the concepts are fresh and frightening… A must-see fast-paced film at an EXCELLENT PRICE!
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Learning Man of KnowledgeReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2019
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I really like this movie very much. I mean who would think that a lawyer (Will Smith) would in up having a friend that works for the Mob and then end up with a video tape that the NSA wants just because they killed a certain person, and ended up on candid camera? Then his Family had to go through a whole bunch of mess being watched and listened to 24 hours a day/7 days a week until he met a certain man who was just as smart as the NSA and had a few more tricks up his sleeve to put them in their place in the end. Very interesting movie. I watch it just about 1 time every day. That is just how much I like it.
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AlexReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsIf they could then, what can they do now?
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It's one of my favorite spy thrillers. It's action packed, and intimate at the same time. Both characters make perfect foils for each other.

Even when I first saw the movie the technology seemed dated. There is no reason to think these things aren't real. The more technology you use the easier it is to find you (Should we be trusting Norton?). The movie is paced perfectly. It alternates between action and exposition. Brill starts off as a ruthless renegade, and over the course of the movie we learn more about him. We end up seeing he is the same as Dean, someone who is trying to avoid the cross-hairs of the government's black vacuum cleaner.
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Big MommaReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsStill a winner
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I first saw this in a movie theater. Then bought it on video (and watched it several times) and now, years later, bought it on amazon. It's as good today as at the first viewing, so many years ago.

The plot is very clever. The acting is superb. The pace is so skillfully measured that you hardly notice the time passing in your own environment, so caught up are you in the time speeding by in the film's.

There is a list of trivia to the amazon streaming entry of the film that points out errors. There may be many details that don't match up to the beliefs required to carry the intriguing plot forward. But you will never notice those details. The story is convincing. The details are trivial. At the very least, the technology in the movie is dated so that all obstacles have been surmounted already, anyway, with tech advances.

Most of all, most importantly, this is a timely movie because it displays a cynical look at government. Shocking to say, this cynical view is not appropriate now because of the turmoil in the Congress and the White House. The security and privacy issues are old news. Very old news. They were old when the film first appeared. And the posturing of government officials is priceless because it seems accurate. The ambulance-chasing media framing the villains who have prepared speeches for the 6 o'clock news ... old stuff. The government officials worried about their reputations and careers when caught in indiscretions and even high crimes!

Very clever movie. Timely and timeless. For me, it will always be Will Smith's best (and I'm a huge MIB fan.)

Are you a cat lover? You will love this movie. Watch and you will see why!
NosidinoReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsA Suspense Thriller Galore!
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What a prescient movie this was. There is no doubt in my mind that this movie foretold things we could never have dreamed of back in 1998. I remember seeing this movie in theatres when it was originally released and I realized how close we could be at the time. Little did I (Or We) know at the time how we were a the threshold of a "Big Brother" society. Snowden's words were prescient and I'm certain that he himself has seen this film. I'm glad now that he alerted us to the intrusiveness of the NSA. As evil an organization this side of the CIA and FBI!

This movie shows how the governments of the world can spy on every day Americans with impunity and get away with it. All it takes is a corrupt man and his cadre to subvert the constitution of the USA. All in the guise of a training exercise they dupe an entire batch of young kids into believing they are just going through the motions. I find it hard to believe that none of them would come to the conclusion that something was wrong or out of place. Also, in Patriot Games this technology is touched on (Satellites & Video Surveillance) but the unrealistic element of this film is that using a satellite to track someone fleeing from operatives would be impractical and quite expensive. I doubt Voight's character would have been able to authorize all of that alone.

The irony of the movie hit me on the other night when I saw that Jon Voight's character (Thomas Brian Reynolds) DOB was September 11! I've not seen the film since it debut in theatres so that fact escaped me at the time. But when I saw it on DVD it blew me away. Will Smith's naiveté really irked me. The fact that he would not realize that a phone call from a pay phone could not be traced shocked me. But at least when people see this film today they will realize that all of the technology shown in the film does exist in real life and if anything is far more advanced than what we saw in 1998 just like the technology shown in Enemy of the State is light years ahead of what was shown in the 1974 film: The Conversation.

Will Smith plays an attorney whose life is taken from him by corrupt NSA officers acting outside of the law. He was unwittingly given a tape by a former friend from college who was running for his life. This tape leads to his life being turned upside down and he must search for answers with the help of Gene Hackman's character.

I really liked this movie and I will not go into too much detail as others have done a far better job of that than I have. The DVD is a great production and all of the characters work well together and have chemistry galore; this, coupled with fantastic scenic locations in DC (My Town) bring an enjoyable air to the film (More On That Later). I give this film Five Stars and highly recommend it.

The locations were fantastic. The house Will Smith lives on is not "2811 Sutton Street" but in reality is 2811 O Street. I've seen it several times when walking in the neighborhood. The interior of the house may or may not have been used in the film although it does look a bit like what would be the interior when Smith enters to explain his situation to his wife. I brought up images of the street on Google Maps and the house was exactly the same when I typed 2811 O Street NW Washington, DC! This scene is at the 46:34 to 46:44 point in the DVD.

Buy this on DVD and you won't be disappointed. I'm the 513th person to rate this at Five Stars and the 724th to review it in all.

A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
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Steve DouglasReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2013
4.0 out of 5 starsEnemy of the State on Blu Ray
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I generally do not write summaries and opinions on the acting and plot, that has been done by a great many others already. I focus strictly on the quality of the transfer of the Standard Def version to Blu Ray. I will say that while this is an older film focusing on govt corruption and wiretapping as well as a U.S. citizens right to privacy, the movie stays relevant and has legs. I do have the standard def version but this is not a side by side comparison.

The audio is the star in terms of disc quality. There is a big difference for any movie between lossless and lossy audio, a transparency that only lossless audio can provide. On this Blu Ray, it is lossless PCM 5.1. The audio's levels are nicely set, and if you have a decent surround system, this movie would be considered Demo worthy for showing off your home theater's audio capabilities. There is much use of all the front and rear surrounds with a goodly amount of panning between the front and rear stages as well as the discreet channeling of foley fx to both the front and rear surrounds. Your LFE channel does come into play but not overly. The audio of the standard def version also had excellent surround usage and, thus, I give credit to the original audio editors and mixers.

The video transfer of this softly focused and color muted film presents very good contrast, a touch better than the Standard Def version but I do not believe that it is because of remastering. The bit rate is certainly higher but not a whole lot; it generally averaged between the mid teens and the mid twenties and that higher bit rate accounts for the somewhat better video. There was minimal film grain, no artifacting or imaging issues. Never the less, I do not believe that you will see a night and day difference between the video of the Standard Def and BluRay versions. If you do not already have the film, certainly go for it on Blu Ray but if you do have the Standard Def version, don't expect a whole lot of difference.

The extras consisted of some deleted scenes however there was no 'play all' button so each time a deleted scene was done, you had to go back to the menu, bring up the 'extras', go to the 'Deleted Scenes', find the next scene and select. What a pain in the butt! No commentary but there was a short 'making of' of the climatic gunfight.

Hopefully, this review has been of some help to you in determining your purchase, hope I am on the correct path with a review of the transfer quality as opposed to providing plot summaries.
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