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Scott Ventura >> Movie Commentary >> December 1998 >> Enemy of the State
The pacing of a thriller is crucial to its success. Enemy of the State gets that right. The movie is charged with energy throughout its run. The story plays on paranoia brought about by improvements in technology. While some of the shown tricks are well beyond what's currently possible, they didn't get in the way.
Will Smith gives the movie a good anchor. His laid-back mannerisms serve him well here as he negotiates the increasingly twisted maze being built by the government officials who hunt him. Gene Hackman is fine in his role of a spy who watches his life come tumbling down because a customer gets too much information from their trusted intermediary. I'm still not crazy about Jon Voight as a villain. I didn't think he was anything special in Mission: Impossible, and I didn't find him intriguingly menacing here. I suspect that I haven't seen him in a good role yet.