The phenomenon of twin films strikes again with doppelgänger thrillers Enemy and The Double arriving months apart, making this a case of twin twin films.

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Enemy is a psychological thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jake Gyllenhaal. When depressed history professor Adam (Jake Gyllenhaal) spots his doppelgänger in a movie, he tracks down the aspiring actor Anthony (Jake Gyllenhaal). Gyllenhaal’s duel performance is subtle but distinctive, showcasing the actor’s great ability. But this is no Nightcrawler, and his talent is wasted amongst the disappointing drama.

The strange spectre of David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers looms large over this Canadian doppelgänger thriller, which builds nicely but never pays off. Denis Villeneuve also directed Gyllenhaal in Prisoners, and this is similarly moody yet problematic. The yellow colour palette sets a downbeat atmosphere, but there doesn’t seem to be enough material in José Saramago’s novel The Double to stretch over 90 minutes.

Enemy hints at intriguing plot revelations but goes nowhere, other than towards a third act that makes no sense. Why would Adam allow Anthony his ridiculous intrusion? Why doesn’t Anthony’s wife realise what’s going on, given that she’s seen Adam herself? Why did no one question the laughably bad ending, which would make Kafka scratch his head in disbelief? The only way Enemy can avoid having the worst ending of 2015 is if Spectre ends with James Bond turning into a giant woodlouse.


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