Enemy Of The State Collector's Edition


The tag line for Tony Scott's twitchy, frantic techno-thriller works as a High Concept pitch too: "It's not paranoia if they're really after you". The Bruckheimer/Scott pairing guarantees cameos from recognisable names (Gabriel Byrne, Lisa Bonet, Barry Pepper), but it's Will Smith who shoulders the real burden due to a non-comedy script that inks him into most scenes. How quickly can rogue government agents ruin a man's life? In less than 36 hours, if you believe this.


The plot arguably doesn't justify 131 minutes, but a multitude of realistic characters and continuous action make the time pass pleasurably. Merely passable extras and the lack of a director's commentary certainly bring the concept of `Collector's Edition' into question, though.

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