Enemy of the State

Enemy of the State ★★★½

I wish we still lived in a time when mass technological surveillance was an exaggerated movie threat, and not the depressing reality of the world as we now know it. This is proper high-octane stuff from Tony Scott. About an hour in I felt like I’d downed three Red Bulls; there was even the customary caffeine crash when the final third began to peter out a bit in comparison to the early scenes. The filmmaking is immediate and in your face, with strong performances across the board to help sell the high stakes (getting Gene Hackman to star in a surveillance thriller is a stroke of casting genius).

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