Movie review: Gyllenhaal doubles up in weakly plotted ‘Enemy’
Published: April 4, 2014 01:01AM
Updated: April 4, 2014 01:01AM
image
Adam (Jake Gyllenhaal, left) comforts Helen (Sarah Gadot), the pregnant wife of his doppelganger Anthony, in the thriller "Enemy." A24 Films

Jake Gyllenhaal does double duty in “Enemy,” a Kafkaesque drama that builds menacing atmosphere at the expense of character or clarity.

Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a mousy history professor with an exasperated girlfriend, Mary (Melanie Laurent). One night, Adam discovers there’s an actor, Anthony (also played by Gyllenhaal), who’s a dead ringer for him. The two meet, and the assertive Anthony hatches a plan to cheat on his pregnant wife, Helen (Sarah Gadon), to take over Adam’s life for a weekend fling with Mary.

Director Denis Villeneuve (who worked with Gyllenhaal on “Prisoners”) creates some striking images — whether it’s a depiction of a gray, decaying Toronto, or sending Anthony into an “Eyes Wide Shut” fetish club where men observe nude women squishing spiders — that ultimately serve only to pad a thin story.

movies@sltrib.com; www.sltrib.com/entertainment

HH

‘Enemy’

Opens today at the Tower Theatre; rated R for some strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language; 90 minutes.