German director Wolfgang Petersen, so brutally honest with his film Das Boot, turns warm and cuddly on us with this intergalactic buddy movie. Although the script sets us up for an intriguing encounter, it ultimately settles for a simple and sentimental resolution. Noteworthy set design and strong performances, especially by Gossett, push this beyond mere mediocrity. His performance is fascinating, as he must speak in an alien tongue, which he maintains with artistry and consistency.--Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com
On the DVD: Enemy Mine on disc is presented anamorphically in its original 2.35:1 theatrical ratio with a vivid Dolby 4.0 soundtrack. Thankfully picture and sound are excellent, since the extra features are lamentably poor, consisting merely of the theatrical trailer and three (yes, three) "behind the scenes" still pictures. The disc is also equipped with multiple language and subtitle options.--Mark Walker
This is engrosing stuff with strong racial undertones. Well sripted the chemistry between Quaid and Gosset Jr makes the film work. The special effects are a mixed bag the space shots are very dated now, but the make up on Gosset Jr is outstanding.
Its not all action but its very entertaining and heart felt. The special features are a bit limited, theres a trailer and an extended scene, but the film is good enough to carry it and is well recommended.
"Enemy Mine" meets both the criteria of superior science fiction: technological and spiritual potency. Yet it has failed to recieve the attention it deserves. Humanity is at war with an alien race and no one hates the reptilian rascals more than Dennis Quaid. That is until he finds himself stranded on a planet with his only company being, yes, you guessed it, a member of said alien species.
The inital fighting subsides as the two have to set aside their differences, survival on the inhospitable planet demanding teamwork. It is the burgeoning relationship between these two different characters that provides the emotional core of the film, both must overcome prejudice and learn to accept the other. They soon discover that their mutual hatred is based on misconceptions, their war, no longer justified.
Superb alien make-up and some nice planetary set-pieces assist in realising the future portrayed. The allegory of racial conflict and the need for tolerance lends the piece contemporary relevance.
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