Las Vegas Film Society

Enemy at the Gates

War/Drama/Thriller
R
Some sexuality/Strong graphic war violence
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Written by: Alain Godard, Jean-Jacques Annaud
Starring: Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz
Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins, Ron Perlman

After a drab winter, we finally get a movie worth seeing! Every actor gives excellent performances, especially Rachel Weisz-who we’ve basically only seen here in “The Mummy”. There is great realism in the movie, and the actors make you believe the Battle of Stalingrad is happening all over again.

Enemy relives the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942. Jude Law plays an excellent and famous sniper who plays a cat and mouse game with the other remakable sniper, played by Ed Harris. Each of them use mind games to play with one another to win and to stay alive. There’s a great scene when the two are hiding out and use shard glass to seek one another out-VERY COOL SCENE!

I did have one problem with the movie though, The is a romantic(sexual) part between Weisz and Law, which could have been omitted. I actually think it wasn’t necessary. They could have very well done without the sex scene, and just undertoned it with just kissing/groping.

It was also a nice surprise to see Ron Perlman and Bob Hoskins in this movie. This is definatly an excellent movie with a fine cast. There are a lot of tension moments which keep you drawn into the story/movie. There are also a lot of graphic gunfire shots, like in “Saving Private Ryan”, so be prepared!

All in all, this was one fine movie and shouldn’t be missed. There is nothing that is ‘great’ out right now-so GO SEE THIS MOVIE! It is one movie we may see again towards next years Oscar awards. I’m definatly adding this film to by best list for 2001.

-John Steffens


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