While the tale of finding someone who looks exactly like you is no stranger to fiction, “Enemy” still manages to feel like a unique concept. Most tales like these would explore how amazing it is to have a doppelganger, in stories like “The Prisoner of Zenda” and “The Prince and the Pauper,” but “Enemy” takes the opposite approach and how having someone out there living their own life with your face would cause an identity crisis and show just how little control you have over your own life.
Both versions of Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as Adam and Anthony are striking and haunting, hitting that perfect note of fear and curiosity over meeting a stranger who could be living your better life and the unending paranoia that follows such a discovery. Gyllenhaal gives one of the best performances of his career, selling every excruciating moment of self discovery that Adam and Anthony experience. “Enemy” reinforces just how versatile of an actor Gyllenhaal is, and how no one tells a more personally horrific tale quite like Denis Villeneuve.
Final Grade: A