The Rewind (1990s) Enemy of the State


Enemy of the State (1998)

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Starring: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Regina King, Jake Busey, Jason Lee, Scott Caan, Jack Black, Jamie Kennedy.

A good-natured lawyer, Robert Clayton Dean, becomes a target of a corrupted politician and his NSA goons after this lawyer accidentally acquires important evidence to a serious politically motivated crime. Meanwhile, Dean is assisted by a knowledgeable former government agent,Edward Lyle.

Since the NSA was exposed for doing all these things for various reasons and more in real life. This movie has lost some of its (what if) fun. It turned out to be more prophetic than i would have liked.  It also reminds me a little bit of a sequel to The Conversation (1974) which also stars Gene Hackman and is very good.

I think Smith and Hackman work excellently together. Hackman for me exceeds everyone in this role (something he has done often).   This movie has some good action, plenty of tension, and a solid cast. One of my favorite things to do with 1990s films is see all the young stars who would one day become big and this film has quite a few of them like Jack Black and Scott Caan.

Yeah, this film has lost some of its fun because it now mimics reality a lot more than we’d like it to.  However, the talent in the film is good, the situation, and concepts about surveillance and political corruption within are just as prevalent if not more so today.  How much scarier is this film if were made today considering the advance in technology in the last 17 years?  (Shiver!)



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