Enemy of the State

Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Jake Busey, Carlos Gomez, Jack Black, Scott Caan, Grant Heslov

Directed by: Tony Scott

Produced by: Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Scott Free Productions

Distributed by: Buena Vista

Genre: action/adventure

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B- B- B-
Review by Xibo Date seen: November 25, 1998
Viewing Location: Secaucus Grade: B-
Summary: This is below average for Will Smith.
Will Smith stars as a lawyer that gets caught up in an NSA cover-up that results in the spooks screwing up his life and coming after him with a mountain of new technology (except for 80's-era infrared cameras). This has him running like mad until he hooks up with a retired spook who's now an anti-spook, played by Gene Hackman, who does a good job of it. The NSA hackers are overly stereotypical and the storyline is almost a carbon copy of the "The Net", so they certainly didn't score points for originality.  

Review by smeehrrr Date seen: January 24, 2000
Viewing Location: The Evil Empire Grade: B
Summary: Actionish
Kind of a limp action movie. Will Smith is decent, Gene Hackman is walking through this, and I can't remember anyone else who was in the movie or what happened in it. And I just saw this like a week ago.  

A- A- A-
Review by Scalveg Date seen: January 25, 2000
Viewing Location: Living Room Cinema 19 (inch) Grade: A-
Summary: Action+paranoia=enjoyment
If the characters hadn't been superhumanly stupid, I probably would have really enjoyed this one.

As it was, I enjoyed the explosions, and it had no big weaknesses, but it just wasn't great. 

C+ C+ C+
Review by hughjtoad Date seen: February 5, 2000
Viewing Location: Mountain View, CA Grade: C+
Summary: loud, well done, brainless
This was a well crafted movie with not much in the way of brains. In fact, parts of it are downright stupid. Made me want to see The Conversation, though, which is an A movie.  

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