Enemy 2013 [Popcorn Review]

Long time no see. Yes I know, I am a lazy bum. Someone ought to punish me for my transgressions.

Lately I’ve been busy with all sorts of stuff, so I haven’t watched many movies. Heck I’ve even skipped some that I really wanted to see in the cinemas even so I’m feeling guilty right now. But now I’m trying to make amends so I’m trying to catch up on all the latest releases and some older movies I haven’t found the time to watch.

One of those movies is Enemy. I’ve first heard of this movie after watching Prisoners, which is a very good movie by the way (go and watch it if you haven’t, go on, off you go). Anyhow, where was I? Ah! Well, after watching Prisoners I read some interviews with the director Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhall, and they have been talking about how they got drunk and then decided to make Prisoners. Also, the director noted that he didn’t feel free while making Prisoners, that he wanted more artistic freedom to fully express what he wanted.

Well he bloody did that in Enemy, let me tell you.

Let’s take a look at the names behind the movie. The movie is based on a novel The Double (2002) by Jose Saramago. Sadly I haven’t read the novel, but I’ve done some research on it so I know what it’s about.

So okay, we have a great writer and his novel that is the base for the movie. Off to a good start. The director has also proved that he can do a very good job, as he did with Prisoners.

Jake Gyllenhaal on the other hand I wasn’t so sure about before. When you look at his bio actually I shouldn’t be worried. He has done great work in movies such as Donnie Darko, Zodiac, Source Code and even Prince of Persia. No, I haven’t seen Brokeback Mountain so I can’t comment on that. I should probably see it.

Whenever I see Jake’s face I always get reminded of some hollywood playboys who only look good and don’t act very well, but that’s not the case here. Jake has done a marvellous job yet again.

It’s really hard to review this movie, because if you would go on and ask me what the movie is about I couldn’t actually tell you in a precise manner. I guess IMDB’s summary would do a fair job but then again, the movie is something completely different than that.

IMDB’s summary:

A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

Okay, so we might have another doppelganger movie with some mystery and suspense. Well, that’s just if you scratch the surface.

First off I have to commend the music score in this movie. In every moment you can hear very quiet music that builds the suspension and has me sitting on the edge of my seat. It also freaks the hell out of me at times.

The photography in the movie is also spot on. The scenery it shows you is always, and I do mean always, connected to plot and it tries to deliver yet another piece of the puzzle. A puzzle I cannot solve. And I don’t think it’s meant to be solved easily, or at all.

The acting is really good here. We have Gyllenhaal who does a splendid job at portraying two people and I must say I really felt the difference between them. It wasn’t one of those bland performances where the movie has to tell you it’s two different people, you can really feel the performance of both people, by the same actor.

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On one hand we have a wine-drinking, girlfriend-loving professor that has some really interesting (!) lessons, and on the other hand we have a third-grade actor, who cheats on his wife, visits really weird sex shows and basically lives completely differently than his doppelganger.

There is a lot to note from these differences and performances, some stuff that are really crucial for the story, for which I’ll be offering my theory soon.

Aside from great acting, great directing and photography I must say the movie overall is a really good one. It’s just one of those movies that has you sitting on the edge of your seat, constantly trying to soak in every scene and just fills your head with questions. Oh so many questions. Almost made my head explode.

Just look at that poster.

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There are also so many metaphors in the movie, it just riddles your head to watch them all. Oh and the ending. A fabulous ending. Made me spill juice in my lap aswell. A must see.

Before I give my theory about what is going on in the movie, for which I have to warn you that there might be spoilers of course, I’ll rate this movie.

The Popcorn Reporter gives this movie 9/10 buckets. 

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You might be thinking I gave it too high of a score, but I really do appreciate the movies that have me thinking about them, questioning everything I saw and overall come up with theories for hours and days after watching them.

The following is my theory about the movie and the plot and I warn you that you should not read it before watching the movie. I urge  you to watch the movie and then read it. After that I’m happy to hear your input about the movie in the comments, let’s discuss it together!

SPOILER ALERT!

My theory:

As you may have noticed there is a ton of spiders and content related to spiders all across the movie. There are scenes that even show webs of cables above the city roads that basically stand there as spider webs. There is many scenes that contain webs and spider references, and to fully capture all of them I had to watch the movie two more times. The one I really liked was the car window after the accident.

What do these webs mean? It would be great if there was an answer to this question but sadly the director has made everyone on the set sign a contract that forbids them from explaining the spiders and their references. Only thing we can do is speculate then.

At the beginning of the movie we see Adam, the professor, and we hear his lecture about totalitarianism. Also at one point he says that this regime succeeds when they take your individuality and the way you can express yourself as a special individual. Since he has a  doppelganger, his individuality is taken from him.

Anthony on the other hand gets accused  he is not a man, he visits really weird sex shows and he doesn’t behave as a normal person would. He cheats on his wife, and blackmails Adam into sharing his girlfriend.

When you take all of the characters into account, and especially the ending, it made me feel as if Anthony was just a spider, like his wife was. He has been put into the web, to help weave it and to strangle the flies that squirm in it.

I believe the town represents the society nowadays who find themselves in such regimes. Lost inside of a web who made them robots who follow the guidelines of society and what society approves.

Perhaps the movie isn’t made to be understood, not without a key. Just as the quote says in the beginning of the movie. Chaos is order yet undeciphered.

There are many hidden meanings in the movie, and many conclusions to be taken, but I think that the movie, or at least for me, shows the lack of individual expression and the amount of laws thrown upon us today. Every day we follow the same guidelines that have been put on us. You must go to school , get a job, start a family, pay off your bills, educate your children, enjoy your retirement and then die. And then the circle goes on with your kids, just like Adam says , it is a pattern.

Thank you for reading! What are your thoughts? What is your theory? Share !

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La Migliore Offerta 2013 ( The Best Offer) [Popcorn Review]

First off, before I delve into this new review, I have to apologise for not having any material in the past week. My plan was to finally watch Her, The Grand Budapest Hotel and 300: Rise of an Empire. Sadly I haven’t had the time to watch Her, and the other two movies haven’t yet arrived at the local cinemas, so I was sadly out of material.

In the meantime I watched La Migliore Offerta and decided it was worth a review! Let’s get into it.

La Migliore Offerta , or rather The Best Offer, is a movie from the renowned Giuseppe Tornatore . Tornatore  is a great italian movie maker that has made some great films. Some of those , and one of my favorite foreign movies, are La leggenda del pianista sull’oceano (The Legend of 1900 ) and Malena . I am a big fan of his work and I was very excited going into his latest movie, expectations were high but was I amazed? We’ll see soon enough.

The cast was very promising:

Wow, a really interesting combination! Did it work? Yes, it bloody did.

We have Geoffrey Rush as a master auctioneer. He does a fantastic job. The entire portrayal of his character, Virgil Oldman,  is amazing. The mannerisms he makes are great. I really enjoyed his performance. I’ve grown accustomed to Rush being at the top of his game at every movie I’ve seen lately and I was not dissapointed this time.

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Geoffrey Rush as Virgil Oldman

The auctioneer starts getting obsessed with a mysterious woman who is trying to get his help by selling her house and the inventory, which she got after her parents passed away. The heiress is portrayed by Sylvia Hoeks  and she does a magnificent job with the role. The combination of these two actors is a really good one, and I really felt the tension between them.

Oldman has a friend that helps him acquire items from auctions. His friend, portrayed by Donald Sutherland, buys items for him and takes the profit for himself. Another of his friends, portrayed by Jim Sturgess, helps him repair some of the items that he acquires on these auctions.

There aren’t many characters in this drama, but the way they all intervene with each other is magnificent. Tornatore did a great job with writing and producing this movie, as it really is a mystery drama. Some of the facts I really do love in this movie is that there isn’t any violence or cheap hollywood dialogues. Some of the mannerisms and the silent parts of the movie are done in a brilliant manner. A great feat of movie making from Tornatore .

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Sylvia Hoeks as Claire

A great performance by all of the actors really make for a great atmosphere and a great story that really gets you interested when it peaks in the last 30 minutes. The movie may tend to go slow, but when it does get to the most important bits, it just flies past you, without you knowing what hit you. I am trying not to spoil the story line as you really must experience it on your own. No one can describe the tension and the atmosphere depicted as it is truly one of the best films I’ve watched recently.

I absolutely recommend this movie, it features great acting, good movie making, intriguing script and an interesting story that really gets you interested when it peaks.

The Popcorn Reporter gives this movie 8/10 buckets. 

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What did you think of the movie? Share your thoughts in the comments.

I still have plans to watch all of the movies mentioned earlier, but I won’t give a timetable again like last time. It’ll come when it is ready!

Stick around!

Cinema in March! [Popcorn Preview]

Another month goes by, albeit a short one, but we had some good films in it. We also had a big disappointment, but some are bound to happen every now and then. For this upcoming month we have some seemingly really good movies, for me. Most of them are at the start of the month. But I am sure everyone will find something for themselves this March.

Let’s take a look at the list:

As before I’ll start off each movie with a trailer and a short summary of my thoughts about it. Let’s begin!

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ralph Fiennes? A comedy? Sign me right up! This movie is possibly on top of my “must-see” list in March. The cast looks amazing! We have Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton. Even though Tilda Swinton tends to give me nightmares at times (not in a bad way, I am mostly just terrified of her presence), I think the cast is absolutely outstanding. I expect this movie to be a good comedy and drama, as the movie tries to present itself, and judging by the IMDB-rating of 8.3 I think we are in for a treat.

Popcorn Reporter says: Camping out at the premiere.

300: Rise of an Empire

I was a big fan of the first 300 . Sure the movie wasn’t without faults, but I still thought it was an awesome movie. When I see it nowadays it does feel outdated so I am glad to see a sequel, even though it took them 8 years to make it. I’m not too sure what to expect from the sequel, but I am glad to see Lena Headey again in her role, and I am sure there will be some really nice action scenes. Will they be off the top? Or will they be as awesome as they were in the first movie? I am looking forward to this movie, let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Popcorn Reporter says: Can’t wait!

Need for Speed

After playing Need for Speed games and watching the trailer I’m still not convinced that this will be a good movie. Aaron Paul should do a proper job, but I fail to see the potential here. It feels like a The Fast and The Furious offspring, and it doesn’t seem to me to bring anything original, fresh or new to the entire car chasing movie franchise. As you can tell I am not a big fan of these kinds of films, yet I have watched every Furious movie out there, even the sixth installment, which was awful. People coming back to life, planes driving for 30 kilometers on a runway, people flying over bridges to land on tanks… Seriously, what was it with that movie? Need for Speed  looks way to similar to all of this and I am not sure I will be even giving this a look. Perhaps if Vin Diesel was there. That dude’s awesome.

Popcorn Reporter says: Meh! 

Muppets: Most Wanted

I was a big fan of the Muppets when I was a kid, even though there wasn’t much of them where I live. There were a couple of shows every now and then and I was happy when I managed to see them. However, unlike The Lego Movie, for which I was really excited for, I don’t find myself too worked up about this one. Sure there is half of Hollywood in this movie, there are my favorite muppets, and it seems it’s a good comedy for a younger audience, but I don’t think I can find something for myself in this movie. I’ll still probably watch it, though.

Popcorn Reporter says : Fine.

Divergent

Ugh. After watching the trailer I found myself confused on why is everyone aggressive towards each other. Then I had to go and read the summary to find out what the hell was going on. Trailer could use some work I think. When I finally managed to get a grasp on what’s going on, I actually found myself interested. It does seem like the movie could be onto something. Hopefully it won’t put the emphasis on teenage love, and rather more on the storyline as it does seem interesting enough to keep my focus on it. If you are a bit lost after the trailer, check out the IMDB page, it may clarify some things.

Popcorn reporter says:  Let’s give it a look!

Bad Words

As much as the movie title says, this movie is obviously filled with foul language and cheap humor. Count me in! I was never a big fan of Jason Bateman, but this movie seems really funny to me. Vengeful adult that forces his way into a kids’ competition, tortures everyone around and makes an unlikely friend. Sounds like a good base for a comedy to me! Check it out!

Popcorn Reporter says: Can’t wait!

Sabotage

There is something about Arnold that makes me want to watch every movie he has ever made. Just look at that face, listen to that accent. Awesome stuff. I know I am biased whenever Arnold is in a movie, but I’ll still give it a fair grade. I’ll just be really excited to see him break bones and beat people up. This movie seems like it will be really similar to The Expendables, but I gotta say I really don’t mind. I do dislike that movie and the entire series, yet I keep watching it because of Jason StathamSabotage seems to have a good cast featuring Joe Manganiello, Sam Worthington, Josh Holloway and Terrence Howard. I may not like all of them as actors, but it seems it will be a pretty good combination of names. After all, this is an action movie where body counts matter. Sometimes, good action movies are all I want, let’s hope this one doesn’t disappoint.

Popcorn Reporter says : Let’s give it a look!

Thanks for checking out another monthly preview!

Stick around as I have a lot in store next week. Hopefully I can manage it all. We have the Oscars’ weekend, and a couple of premieres of some really good movies. Let’s see if I can stick it all in the same week.

Which of these movies are you most excited for? Share your thoughts in the comments!