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Enemy Of The State [VHS] [1998]

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  • Actors: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Regina King
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Writers: David Marconi
  • Producers: Andrew Z. Davis, Chad Oman, James W. Skotchdopole, Jerry Bruckheimer, Pat Sandston
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Sept. 2000
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYZ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,522 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The National Security Agency is a covert organisation whose secret activities are protected by a state-of-the-art surveillance network operated by a team of first-rank techno-boffins. When a videotape proving their involvement in a recent political assassination falls into the hands of Washington DA Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith), the Agency do everything they can to encourage Dean's silence. But Dean is determined to reveal the truth, and teaming up with veteran anti-establishment surveillance expert Edward Lyle (Gene Hackman), he decides to play the government spies at their own game.

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Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith) is a lawyer with a wife and family whose happily normal life is turned upside down after a chance meeting with a college buddy (Jason Lee) at a lingerie shop. Unbeknownst to the lawyer, he's just been burdened with a videotape of a congressman's assassination. Hot on the tail of this tape is a ruthless group of National Security Agents commanded by a belligerently ambitious fed named Reynolds (Jon Voight). Using surveillance from satellites, bugs and other sophisticated snooping devices, the NSA infiltrates every facet of Dean's existence, tracing each physical and digital footprint he leaves. Driven by acute paranoia, Dean enlists the help of a clandestine former NSA operative named Brill (Gene Hackman) and Enemy of the State kicks into high-intensity hyperdrive. Teaming up once again with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Top Gun director Tony Scott demonstrates his glossy style with clever cinematography and breakneck pacing. Will Smith proves that there's more to his success than a brash sense of humour, giving a versatile performance that plausibly illustrates a man cracking under the strain of paranoid turmoil. Hackman steals the show by essentially reprising his role from The Conversation--just imagine his memorable character Harry Caul some 20 years later. Most of all, the film's depiction of high-tech surveillance is highly convincing and dramatically compelling, making this a cautionary tale with more substance than you'd normally expect from a Scott-Bruckheimer action extravaganza. --Jeremy Storey

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mary Chrapliwy VINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
This film took a little time to take off in the beginning, but it was necessary to stage the action that would come later.

The movie opens with a powerful politician, played by John Voight, killing another politician who refuses to support a bill that would allow spying into people's lives to protect the country. That killing is caught on tape and the tape falls into the hands of a researcher who then slips the tape into a shopping bag carried by Will Smith's character.

From there the action takes off at a breathtaking pace. The parts are flawlessly acted - John Voight is the perfect embodiment of the stereotypical evil politician, Will Smith is the helpless victim, and Gene Hackman is the brilliant strategist who pulls the entire film together. I won't say more as I wouldn't want to spoil the suspense.

The thing about this movie is it seems so terrifyingly real. They show throughout the film, the tracking systems used (satellites and high end computer programs). I found myself thinking about this one for days after seeing it. It made me pause and wonder just how real the scenario could be and what it would mean to the general population.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mr david cairns on 9 April 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I completely agree with the previous reviewer,Enemy of the State is tremendous viewing,with great performances from all.
I have read a lot of reviewers saying that certain blu-ray films should be used as demo,s for the format,well,in my opinion,the blu-ray transfer of Enemy of the State is "up there" with almost any other disc,sharp,and I mean SHARP!!!
I,ve had the standard dvd for quite a while,and I was very pleased with the picture quality,and,if truth be told,I was very dubious whether the blu-ray version would be better quality,how wrong I was,the quality of the blu-ray version is stunning,imo.
If,like me and the previous reviewer,you like this film,you have to buy the blu-ray version,it,s one of the very best examples of the blu-ray format.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Neil Butler on 25 July 2006
Format: DVD
Enemy Of The State is a perfect example of how to pace an intelligent thriller. Right from the off this film is absolutely gripping. The plot is fairly complex yet such is the skill with which this film has been put together that the viewer never gets lost. Early on in the film when Will Smith realises that someone is after him there's a heart in your mouth chase scene that never seems to let up. This is part of the films strength, because the viewer is always aware that Smith is only ever minutes away from being caught. Even when things slow down momentarily to let the viewer catch up with any plot developments there's always an air of menace at what waits around the corner. Smith's performance is excellent and Gene Hackman as always does a sterling job as an ex CIA man. The ending is very nearly a tribute to director Tony Scott's own True Romance. If you like a decent intelligent thriller they don't come any better than this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 July 2001
Format: DVD
For all the hi-tech people out there this film is definately for you. The tension is amazing, Will Smith shines in possibly his best role after Men In Black and Jon Voight is on the best bad guys I have ever seen.
The action is great, especially the gun fight at the end, and also the chase near the start of the film with Danny Zavitz being pursued by NSA agents.
Sound wise this is also excellent. The opening credits throw bass at you from every direction. Crank up the volume.
The only reason I am giving this the 4 star treatment is because of the lack of extras, something that is quite usual for a Touchstone Pictures DVD. Not even a trailer. Come on Touchstone, release this again as a Special Edition and add some extras, commentary, trailer, documentary.
All in all a good film for all the Jerry Bruckheimer fans.
Buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart O'Meara on 29 Nov. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
After a spectacular opening sequence involving sirens, traffic jams, shootouts, tunnels and the Washington DC monument at sunset, Enemy Of the state provides fast paced action throughout, and a worrying plausibility.
Will Smith stars as Robert Dean, a wealthy DC labour lawyer who innocently becomes embroiled in the murder conspiracy of a congressman.
Gene Hackman appears as "Brill", a former NSA agent now working underground for his own personal financial benefit. Brills only friend is a cat, all to similiar to Crimson Tide(the animal being a Jack Russell there). Co stars include John Voight (Roosevelt in Pearl Harbour) who plays Thomas Reynolds, the man behind the conspiracy, and Jack Black from High Fidelity.
Hackman (as he usually does)steals the show as the hot tempered Brill who has been hiding from the world for 20 years. He is completely convincing in every line and action. Voight is also extremely convincing. His character is rigid and emotionless and not only does he play this personality trait well but he also physically moves rigidly as if made out of wood!
When it comes to Will Smith, one has to wonder why anyone would cast a hip-hop star into a tense and by no means funny political thriller. He just doesn't convince me as a successful lawyer who could command a court room hearing. Anyone who saw independence day can expect to see Smith in the same light in this film. He's the innocent bystander who knows nothing at the start and everything at the end.
Enemy of the State is a genuinely excellent film and one of the few i've seen in this Genre that suceeds in being both plausible and entertaining. Its also one of those films that leves you thinking after you've seen it, in this case about what goes on behind the closed doors of the intelligence community and what our taxes are really being spent on.
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