Enemy of the State

Published May 6, 2012

Enemy of the State

Film info

  • Title Enemy of the State
  • Director Tony Scott
  • Year 1998
  • Run time 2hrs 12m
  • Genres Thriller, Drama, Action
  • Tagline It's not paranoia if they're really after you

Robert Clayton Dean is a successful Washington D.C. Attorney who - without his knowledge - is given a video that ties a top official of the national security agency to a political murder. Instantly, every aspect of dean’s once-normal life is targeted by a lethal team of skilled NSA surveillance operatives, who wage a relentless, ultra high-tech campaign to discredit him and retrieve the incriminating evidence!

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:02 I can only ever think of him as Angelina’s dad.
3:17 That’s one of those film cliches, really: “Are you blackmailing me?” followed by a look of horror.
5:19 Ooh, Big Brother society.
7:02 Yay for Will. I haven’t seen him in anything for too long.
8:18 Lisa Bonet!
16:13 The NSA, that’s a different agency to normal in these films.
21:40 What kind of shop is this??
26:44 So I guess then he is just leading them as far away from it as he can now.
30:18 “You should take this more seriously.” “I think you’re taking this seriously enough for the both of us.”
34:51 Dude, that can’t be possible. Separating his bag and rotating it every which way.
35:37 Winetrastrophe!
41:28 The dog is green. I love it.
43:59 “Some people meditate, some people get massages, I blend.”
48:11 They ruined his life in one day!
59:52 Getting a bit confused with all these people and why they are pointing guns at him.
1:04:13 “He just committed suicide… or he learned to fly!”
1:10:04 I reckon they paid a lot for that satellite shot. We’ve seen it at least five times already.
1:20:44 It’s tricky that the people doing the surveillance think it’s just a game.
1:26:07 Why doesn’t he listen? He told him not to get out! Way down in my estimation.
1:32:04 Born 9.11.
1:42:58 “If I’m Bill, you have to let me know I’m Bill.”
1:47:19 Call me crazy, but that living room was just like the one out of Home Alone.
1:50:51 Bless him, I’m not sure he’s cut out for this undercover business.
1:55:50 He said Washington & Fourth, and the other guy said Fourth & Washington. Does it make a difference?
2:00:30 The FBI must be like, what the…
2:02:59 But… they were just on a training exercise! How awful.
2:07:01 He doesn’t really wish he was there. Not in a million years.


I was in the mood for a film but just could not decide which one. I browsed through film after film and couldn’t decide. This was on our list, and in the end Mr C just put it on to stop my waffling. Good plan.

I quite liked it. Much of it was totally unbelievable but if you assume that the government really could get themselves together like that, it was a fun ride. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending, it did seem unfair that these people thought they were just training and ended up in that massive fight. Neverthless, it was good and fun and made me just a little bit paranoid. What else can you ask of a film?

**Rating: **4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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