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Enemy of the State (1998)



Critic Consensus: An entertaining, topical thriller that finds director Tony Scott on solid form and Will Smith confirming his action headliner status.

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The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-a-minute ride called Enemy of the State. Taking its "innocent man accidentally caught up in political corruption" story from such films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor, they turn up the high-tech volume in an attempt to create the ultimate action film. Robert Clayton Dean, played by Will Smith, is a devoted father, husband, and attorney shopping for a sexy gift for his wife. What he doesn't know is that he was given a videotape from a friend (Jason Lee) regarding the recent murder of a U.S. senator led by corrupt National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight). Now Reynolds is after Dean to cover his tracks or, as the audience soon finds out, frame Dean for Rachel's murder. Since Dean isn't up on his high-tech gadgetry, he needs the aid of ex-intelligence operative Brill (Gene Hackman). Between the explosions and chases is the subtext of George Orwell's 1984 mantra "beware of big brother," as Dean realizes that in the modern world, there is no such thing as total privacy. ~ Arthur Borman, Rovi

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Will Smith
as Robert Clayton Dean
Regina King
as Carla Dean
Jon Voight
as Thomas Brian Reynolds
Lisa Bonet
as Rachel Banks
Laura Cayouette
as Christa Hawkins
Ian Hart
as Bingham
Jason Lee
as Zavitz
Jason Robards
as Senator Hammersly
Tom Sizemore
as Pintero
James Le Gros
as Jerry Miller
Stuart Wilson
as Congressman Albert
Ivana Milicevic
as Sales Girl
Dan Butler
as Shaffer
Jack Black
as Fielder
Seth Green
as Selby (uncredited)
Anna Gunn
as Emily Reynolds
Rebecca Silva
as Marie the Nanny
Carl Mergenthaler
as Mike at Law Firm
Mattias Kraemer
as Gas Station Cashier
Lillo Brancato Jr.
as Young worker
John Capodice
as Older Worker No. 1
Vic Manni
as Vic/Old Mobster
Ivana Milavich
as Ruby's Sales Clerk
Patsy Grady Abrams
as Accident Bystander
Beatriz Mayoral
as Reynold's Nanny
Kasey Lynn Quinn
as Reynold's Daughter
Allison Sie
as Hotel Desk Clerk
John Cenatiempo
as Young Mobster No. 1
Frank Medrano
as Bartender
Dennis S. Fahey
as Cop with Ambulance
John Haynes Walker
as Fireman No. 1
Joseph Patrick Kelly
as Fireman No. 2
Lennox Brown
as Tunnel Maintenance Worker
Martin Bosworth
as Bike Messenger
Nancy Yee
as Mrs. Wu
Troy Anthony Cephers
as ANA Hotel Security
Carlos Gomez
as FBI Agent
Arnie Alpert
as Robert Gersicoff
Greg Collins
as FBI Supervisor
Doug Roberts
as Hijacked Car Driver
Larry King
as Himself
Warren Olney
as TV Anchor No. 1
Penny Griego
as TV Anchor No. 2
Eric Keung
as Mambo Kitchen Worker No. 1
David Han
as Mambo Kitchen Worker No. 2
Mandy Kriss
as Reporter No. 1
Noel Werking
as Reporter No. 2
Sam De Crispino
as Reporter No. 3
Rhonda Overby
as Field Reporter No. 1
Lille Shaw Hamer
as Field Reporter No. 2
Brenna McDonough
as Field Reporter No. 3
Callison Slater
as Child No. 1
Colin Brodie
as Child No. 2
Daniel Cano Carrillo
as Hallway Lawyer
Joy Ehrlich
as Mom in Diner
Eric Olson
as Aide No. 1
Thomas F. Troy
as Aide No. 2
Adam Karkowsky
as Aide No. 3
Steve Uhrig
as Electronic Store Employee
Robyn Killian
as Model No. 1
Laura Eizenia
as Model No. 2
Angelica Pamintuan
as Model No. 3
Vene Arcoraci
as Model No. 4
Charlie Curtis
as Model No. 5
Michael J. Walker
as Union Official
Jacklilynn Ward
as Pintero's Sister
Jason Welch
as Pintero's Kid No. 1
Joshua B. Ward
as Pintero's Kid No. 2
Pete Suton
as Dean House Cop
Tom Quinn
as Tunnel Technician
Robert A. O'Rourke
as FBI Observer No. 1
John Allendorfer
as FBI Observer No. 2
Henry Sandler
as FBI Observer No. 3
Chris Holt
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Enemy of the State

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (26)

Decent thriller; not suitable for kids.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[Its] spirited action is balanced by an almost contemplative attitude toward surveillance phobias and the movie cliches they've spawned.

March 30, 2009

Add Smith's lippy innocent and a host of subcontracted indie fresh faces, and you have the Bruckheimer formula: loud, lavish, seemingly efficient; over-large, over-long, over-plotted. Safe and sorry.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Since Scott could not make this film snap, crackle or pop faster or more loudly, you might find the evening a bit light.

July 21, 2005

Hard to sit through.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

From there, with the mystery entirely gone and the thrills fading fast, the rest is pretty much a two-hour chase sequence, culminating in a hilariously maladroit shoot-out.

March 19, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Enemy of the State

As far as action are concerned, Enemy of the State is pure mindless popcorn flick from start to finish. The film has flaws, but it makes up for it with exciting action. I thought this film fun from start to finish, and with every other Tony Scott flick, he delivered a good action film. The cast do a fine job, and despite the fact that Enemy of the state relies on the traditional innocent man involved in political corruption explored in so many other films, this is still a must see film for action film buffs. The film is pure popcorn fare. What do you expect from a Tony Scott film? Will Smith is good as the lead and really delivers something memorable here. Tony Scott as usual delivers the thrills that you'd expect, and he does it well. Although this is far from perfect, Enemy of the State is a good action film for what it is. I was very much entertained, even though the film follows the usual formula of so many other films of this genre. The plot doesn't do anything new or original, thus it's kind of predictable. Despite this, Enemy of the State is still worth watching for a mindless, fun Friday evening. The cast make this film watchable and despite its flaws, this is purely a fun film that has awesome action. A very well done action film, not perfect, but good nonetheless. If you're looking for a good action film that is pure mindless fun, Enemy of the State is the film that you should watch. The cast are good, and the plot despite it's nothing original, it delivers on excitement, face paced action; and it does it well.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Not my idea of an enthralling movie, but okay for it's genre, I guess. I was too bored to tell for certain.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

High adrenaline paranoia thriller making great use of the technological potential of the big brother state. While it slowly sets up Will Smith as the innocent man stumbling into this conspiracy, things speed up once his life is taken from him on a technological level. Music, camera work and editing all add up to a really exciting thriller that doesn't take many breaks for catching your breath. The showdown even brings a quantum Tarantino into the mix. The result is satisfying, fast, sometimes spectacular and surprisingly smart.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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