Enemy of the State

Enemy of the State (1998)

Enemy of the State
6.6/10 by 830 users

Hotshot Washington lawyer, Robert Dean becomes a victim of high-tech identity theft when a hacker slips an incriminating video into his pocket. Soon, a rogue National Security agent sets out to recover the tape – and destroy Dean.

Release Date:November 20, 1998
MPAA Rating:R
Genres:Action, Drama, Thriller
Production Company:Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Scott Free Productions, Touchstone Pictures, No Such Productions
Production Countries:United States of America
Director:Tony Scott
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Plot Keywords:corruption, washington d.c., helicopter, falsely accused person, identity, mexican standoff, blackmail, intelligence, wiretap, satellite, politics, exploding building, suspense, mystery, mafia, conspiracy, lawyer, crime, privacy, surveillance, baltimore maryland, nsa, secret hideout
  • Whew!
    January 26, 2006
    I don't know how I missed this in theaters, but I watched it for the first time tonight. I almost gave it a 10, because this is as good as the suspense/action drama gets. Somebody on the DVD special features called it "...a combination of Crimson Tide, The French Connection, and 3 Days of the Condor." From my list of favorites I'd also say it has aspects of Marathon Man, The Fugitive, and The Firm. Will Smith, whose work does not thrill me 100% of the time, is terrific, and Gene Hackman could not have been better. They also receive support from some great character actors, many of them UNCREDITED (a fact which blew me away).
    My enjoyment was enhanced by being familiar with Hackman's The Conversation, in which he plays Harry Caul, one of the world's greatest audio surveillance men. His hideout/office in Enemy is reminiscent of Caul's digs, and the photograph which the bad guys have on file for him is of his character from The Conversation. I sort of wish they'd named the new character Caul, giving long-term continuity to the story.
    I'm running off at the fingers here, so I won't elaborate on the location, direction, etcetera, but will end with SEE THIS FILM!