Enemy Of The State sees the mighty Tony Scott direct Will Smith/Gene Hackman in this great paranoia thriller. Scott shoots with visual fervour, giving this festive actioner some incredible energy.
This techno thriller mirrored a world in flux, one where digital technology was beginning to take over. However, the themes in Enemy Of The State are as important today as they were in 1998 – more so, even. The film was a semi-riff/continuation of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, which also starred Hackman (as ‘The Best Bugger in the Business)’, and that’s one of the things that makes it so good. It’s a 70s-style paranoia thriller updated to the digital age.
It’s not paranoia if they’re really after you!