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Story

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 humor, 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

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Production featurette
  • Filmmaker's featurette

Cast

Will SmithRobert Clayton Dean
Gene HackmanEdward Lyle
Jon VoightThomas Brian Reynolds
Lisa BonetRachel F. Banks
Regina KingCarla Dean
Stuart WilsonCongressman Sam Albert
Laura CayouetteChrista Hawkins
Loren DeanHicks
Barry PepperDavid Pratt
Ian HartBingham
Jake BuseyKrug
Scott CaanJones
Jason LeeDaniel Zavitz
Gabriel ByrneBrill
James Le GrosJerry Miller
Dan ButlerShaffer
Jack BlackFiedler
Jamie KennedyJamie
Bodhi ElfmanVan
Seth GreenSelby
Tom SizemoreBoss Paulie Pintero

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Tony Scott
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 132 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 20, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 2, 2002
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