The Two Jakes
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?”