Enemy of the State

Enemy of the State

DVD - 1998
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A Washington D.C. Attorney finds his life in danger when he is given a video that ties a top official of the national security agency to a political murder.
Publisher: [Burbank, Calif.] : Touchstone Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [c1998].
Edition: Widescreen (2.35:1) version.
ISBN: 9780788814914
0788814915
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (approximately 132 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.

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donkeyhote
Jun 12, 2018

Very good, realistic movie, an action thriller and far from fiction. The commentator "Reading_Right" could rather be called "Lying_Wrong." Because it is known that surveillance is the key issue in our electronically developed world. Just read the book of Ted Flynn, titled: "Hope Of The Wicked (2001)". He writes that world-wide about 800 organizations are spying on the public and on everybody, and they eavesdrop on all conversations with automatic computer programs, which listen for key-words in 200 languages - Flynn writes those organizations say: "we don't know everything on everybody yet, but we are working at it." Read also the article by Kevin Haggerty, expert on security - the article appeared in the Toronto Star on Dec. 10, 2006, the title is "One Generation Is All They Need," and it's about putting body implant chips into everybody's body. The author speaks about the "loss of privacy" only, but this is false - because the chip not only transmits data about our vital bodily functions (to a central source), it also receives radio signals from the outside. The chip is covered with ectoplasm, which builds the chip into the bodily tissues and nerves, so the signals from outside can access our brain functions as well. This article was on the I-net site of the Toronto Star for a few years, but lately it was removed from there. But you sill can find it on another site under the title: "A generation is all they need - how governments and corporations will team up to break down the barrier of the public's resistance to the loss of privacy." So this movie is very much up to our times, and the Orwellian world is coming at us. The commentator I mentioned is very obviously has vested interests in trying to discredit this movie, which is very good, exciting and very realistic. Political killings are a known thing too. JFK was removed the same way, as he was an obstacle to several "agendas" (he wanted to withdraw from the Vietnam war, wanted to financially free America from the international bankers' stranglehold, and he wanted to tax the oil companies that are tax-free since the early 1800s). This movie here plot is very believable too, and the movie is a very good thriller. Hackman and Wil are very good actors for their roles.

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reginator_22
Jan 26, 2018

Great movie, very relevant still in 2018.

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Reading_Right
Dec 13, 2017

Absolutely outrageous Leftist propaganda! And the real clincher: it's done extremely badly.
Unbelievably absurd script. Mostly Leftist anti-American actors playing their version of supposed "right-wing" characters. The problem (besides just how bad the film, story, & dialog is) is that in real life, the fascism comes from the Left. (Something that Follywood continuously tries to turn 180.) This is one reason the Film comes off so phony. e.g. Note how ridiculous & unrealistic all the characters reactions & dialog is in almost all situations.

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akirakato
Jun 21, 2016

This is a 1998 American high-tech political thriller directed by Tony Scott.
It is about a group of U.S. National Security Agency agents conspiring to kill a U.S. Congressman and the cover up that ensues after a tape of the murder is discovered.
With action-packed sequences, the film reminds me of "French Connection," in which Gene Hackman played a pivotal role.
In this film, Hackman plays as Edward "Brill" Lyle, who once worked for National Security Agency as a communications expert but who now works as a shadowy surveillance and intelligence specialist.
This movie keeps you breathless at the edge of your seat while a series of nonstop actions with cutting-edge technology make your brain whirling.
It is one of best action films.

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StarGladiator
Feb 05, 2016

To those of us familiar with remobs, infinity transmitters, step-tone harmonic signals and spy satellites [and presently nanosatellites], deep packet inspection, zappers, and miscellaneous other stuff, this incredible movie was right on target and, as it turned out, not really ahead of its time at all, but seriously current with the times. Great performances all around, great script except for one eensy error, likening // shyster \\ as a Jewish term [think the script writer was confused with shylock ??], when shyster was coined by a NYC reporter covering Tammany Hall back in that era, and used the Dutch nickname for the fellows who followed horse-drawn wagons [as in horse droppings] and cleaned up after them - - corrupt politicians and attorneys!

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StarGladiator
Nov 09, 2015

We now know - - from the Equation Group [Kaspersky Labs and Snowden leaks], the TAO section [Snowden leaks], the various other Snowden leaks of hacking into the major SIM card manufacturer, the compromising of China's autonous systems, the agreements with the Five Eyes [English-speaking countries, formerly known as Echelon], and a host of backdoors in Microsft, Apple, and smartphones, that Enemy of the State was really rather tame [Just read O'Harrow's book from some years back, No Place To Hide].
Or one can view this as a most prescient movie. [As for the Sony and Target and IRS hacks, we certainly can surmise that they really aren't concerned with network security, after all, just financial intelligence and populace command & control.]

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hammer59
Sep 07, 2015

Classic!

Pure Hollywood though....portraying the US Government as some uber efficient technology master.

The REALITY is that these goobers couldn't prevent SONY, TARGET, the IRS----and scores of other institutions that are currently hacked into monthly NOW.

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MontMoroc
Jun 25, 2015

The only film starring Will Smith that is bearable to watch at all.

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22950011069879
Feb 18, 2014

Welcome to 1984! It just got better! "An upgrade!" like Neo said in The Matrix : Reloaded.

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i_am
Jan 17, 2014

This film about NSA's surveillance of common citizens was 15 years ahead of its time as it touched upon a topic which is only now being discussed. Can the film that was seen only to be exciting, entertaining fiction till recently be dismissed as just that anymore?

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reginator_22
Jan 26, 2018

Brill: Do they know me?

Robert Clayton Dean: Who's them?

Brill: Do they know me?

Robert Clayton Dean: I don't know what you're talking about.

Brill: You're either very smart... or incredibly stupid.

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