The Two Jakes

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Cinema -

Re­lease Date: 5 De­cem­ber 15 | 90 min­utes Direc­tors: De­nis Vil­leneuve Cast: Jake Gyl­len­haal, Mélanie Lau­rent, Is­abella Ros­sellini, Sarah Gadon Jake Gyl­len­haal’s

sec­ond col­lab­o­ra­tion with De­nis Vil­leneuve be­gins with a quo­ta­tion: “Chaos is or­der yet un­de­ci­phered.” It’s a line to re­mem­ber for your post- En­emy ru­mi­na­tion.

Gyl­len­haal plays a beige- souled his­tory lec­turer, Adam Bell, who after hav­ing a film rec­om­mended to him, spots his looka­like in the back­ground. Bell quickly be­comes ob­sessed with his dop­pel­ganger and tracks him down, iden­ti­fy­ing him as an ac­tor named An­thony Claire.

Who is Claire? It’s a ques­tion you’ll be ask­ing all through the film, and for quite a bit after. The clues are scat­tered through­out but the an­swer is likely to birth even more ques­tions.

En­emy bears lit­tle re­sem­blance to Vil­leneuve’s ag­gres­sively main­stream Pris­on­ers, in­stead play­ing like a top- tier Twi­light Zone episode. And although it plays it pretty straight for the most part, pre­pare your­self for a twist that might well keep you up at night. Steve O’Brien En­emy is loosely based on José Sara­m­ago’s 2002 novel, The Dou­ble ( Por­tuguese ti­tle The Du­pli­cated Man).

“Look, can we just agree that nei­ther of us like the beard?”

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