DVD reviews: Enemy and Blood Ties
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Jun 19, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

DVD reviews: Enemy and Blood Ties

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Toronto history professor Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) suddenly finds the present more urgent than the past when a perfect doppelgänger named Anthony aggressively enters his life.

This is the deceptively simple setup to Enemy, a taut psychosexual thriller by Quebec’s Denis Villeneuve that won a leading five prizes at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Director.

Based on The Double, a novel by Nobel Prize-winning novelist José Saramago, the film was shotin Toronto and bathes the city in sinister hues of brown and grey, making it seem like a character.

Admirers of Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski and David Lynch will find a friend in Enemy, which includes intriguing figures played by Sarah Gadon, Mélanie Laurent and Isabella Rossellini.

With a minimum of dialogue and incident, but maximum dread in the visuals and sound design, the film lodges into the deepest corner of our brain, the one where we hide fears that we don’t understand.

Extras include a making-of featurette.

Blood Ties

Good cop/bad con bros in 1974 Brooklyn make for a fine clash between characters played by Billy Crudup and Clive Owen.

But Blood Ties essentially offers the same-old, same-old story of family friction, co-written by James Gray with director Guillaume Canet (who co-starred in the 2008 French original, Les Liens du sang).

Marion Cotillard, James Caan, Lili Taylor and Zoe Saldana help crowd the cast of this cluttered tale, which wisely has 17 minutes trimmed from the overlong 144 of its Cannes 2013 bow.

Extras include a making-of featurette.

Toronto Star

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