InsidePulse DVD Review – Enemy Of The State: Special Edition

Tony Scott
Will Smith….Robert Clayton Dean
Gene Hackman….Edward ‘Brill’ Lyle
Barry Pepper….Det. David Pratt
Jon Voight….Thomas Brian Reynolds
Regina King….Carla Dean
Ian Hart….Det. John Bingham
Lisa Bonet….Rachel F. Banks
Jake Busey….Krug
Scott Caan….Jones
Jamie Kennedy….Jamie Williams

The Movie
I’ll be honest; I never thought the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would make it this far in Hollywood. This movie is one of his earlier offerings and it shows exactly why he has blown up the way he has.

Smith plays Robert Dean, an unassuming man leading a normal life. He has a wife, kids, and the whole shebang. Soon enough he is slipped a tape of the assassination of a congressman, and his life is thrown into chaos. He becomes paranoid as the NSA is tracking every move he makes and he has no idea what is going on. The reason being that he doesn’t know he has the tape.

When he finds out what is going on he seeks the help of an old acquaintance, Rachel Banks. Banks puts Dean in touch with Brill, a former agent who is willing to help Dean get out of his predicament.

Not everything plays out peachy keen for Dean and after the arrival of Brill into the movie, things get amazingly nuts. It’s a good film plot-wise and the acting brings out the best in the script.

Tony Scott brings the fun of the script into the movie. The gadgets and gizmos used in the film are shot well and make you, as a viewer, want to say “I WANT ONE!” Having never seen the original, I was surprised that a movie from nearly a decade ago lived up to the standards of today, technology wise.

Score: 8/10

The Audio

5.1 Dolby Digital: No sound issues to report here.

The Video

2.35:1 Widescreen: The transfer is perfect from what my eyes can tell.

The Extras

Deleted Scenes – I have a strong opinion about putting deleted scenes on a DVD that is the “EXTENDED” cut of the film: Don’t do it. It’s just silly.

The Making of Enemy Of The State – The typical making of feature. The cool thing about this particular one is finding the real people that can do all of the surveillance shown in the film and hearing about a “toothpick” microphone. Say it with me…I WANT ONE!

All Access: The Showdown – Basically the entire filming of one of the movies big scenes. I won’t tell you which one, but it’s interesting to see the entire thing being shot without commentary as opposed to the “Making Of” way of talking about everything.

Theatrical Trailer – Feel the advertising!

Score: 7/10

InsidePulse’s Ratings for Enemy Of The State: Special Edition
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