Tony Scott's best film since True Romance. And yes... they're both better then 'Top Gun.''Enemy of the State' is, what I'm calling, the best thriller of the year. So, go ahead... you can call it that too. It stars Will Smith as Robert Clayton Dean, a successful Washington D.C. lawyer. During holiday shopping, Dean bumps into a college friend, Daniel Zavitz. Zavitz, played by Jason Lee. Woo hoo... say no more. Zavitz drops something in Dean's shopping bags, unbeknownst to Dean. Zavitz then immediately takes off, as he is on the run from Jake Busey and a couple of other blokes who's necks are bigger then their heads. All because Zavitz got a hold of a video that shows the murder of US Senator Hammersly. A murder organized by Thomas Banks Reynolds (Jon Voight), a high powered official in the NSA (National Security Agency). Once Jake and the thyroid men figure out that Zavitz no longer has the evidence, Reynolds sicks them on Dean.
After that? Run Dean, run.
But don't worry, he gets help along the way. Gene Hackman, Gabriel Byrne, and Lisa Bonet all lend a hand. And Lisa Bonet didn't even annoy me. Go figure.
One thing I want to say about this film and Hollywood in general... What's with the way everybody is treating Bodhi Elfman? He plays a computer "geek" in 'Enemy of the State,' and every other damn place I see him. Hell... he's even typecast in commercials! He's always some computer guru or something. I mean the guys typecast, and most people don't even know who he is. He's related to the Grasshopper King. Kiss his feet. But back to the picture...
The film kicks ass. All the acting is superb. The suspense is perfectly done, and you have no idea what the hell Will Smith is gonna do to get out of his predicament... or even if he will. And Gene Hackman did so well, it's my favorite character of his now.
The only thing I can really say bad about it is that the chasing might go on a little too long for some folks. But screw them... I loved it. Hell, it's got Bodhi Elfman AND Jason Lee... will there ever be a movie with two so great? Doubtful.You may notice that the above review does not really go into the paranoia aspects of the film, and by that, misses many good jokes. But, on a good source, I know that the NSA is now monitoring the web to look for talk about 'Enemy of the State,' and processing the data in it's files. I've already said too much.