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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BPDaegan
Oct 20, 2020

It took starting this film 3 times starting where I left off before it started to jive with me. About 1/2 or 2/3rds of the way through the film it finally got worth-while to watch.

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New2Columbia2016
Aug 20, 2020

The movie deals with an important topic, electronic surveillance, but it would take a book to describe all this is wrong with the film. Do yourself a favor and find another movie to watch.

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kpelish
Sep 09, 2019

Good thriller that showcases Smith's acting talents; funny twist ending. In 2019, it's now kinda poignant to look back at the lighter level of surveillance that Smith has to battle.

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Tony_Jeffers
Aug 25, 2019

First time to see it all the way threw. I'd seen the opener before and had thought then as I thought now that Golden Retrievers are useless guard dogs. German Shepards are just as good to play fetch and will take a hunk out of anyone that attacks you.
I guess this is one of Jack Black's early movies and he's great; uses his spy satellite like a superpower! But of course he's no match for the old school master of electronic spycraft played by Gene Hackman.
Will Smith sure has to do a lot of running in this movie he must have been in great shape back in those days.
Almost non-stop action, suspense and oh my God - the chase scenes! They never end but they are so good I didn't get tired of them. Tony Scott is truly the master of the chase!
This movie gets kind of complicated so you have to pay attention through out or you'll lose track of what's going on.
Tons of comedy relief which prevents it from coming across as dark.

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sdiblasio
Dec 01, 2018

It's one example of how crooks can gain control of the system.

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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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kpelish
Sep 09, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Blackmail. Government corruption at high levels.

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kpelish
Sep 09, 2019

Violence: Murders; surveillance and burglary.

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kpelish
Sep 09, 2019

Coarse Language: Yup.

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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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