(For Commenter MadMax673)
The government has been in bed with the telecom industry since the 40s. They’ve infected everything. They get into your bank statements, computer files, listen to your phone calls…every wire, every air wave. – Brill in Enemy of the State
At the suggestion of one of SI’s many commenters, we watched Enemy of the State (1998) last night.
The movie is fine!
As we watched the movie, we poured ourselves a large Gilbey’s Gin, and another large Gilbey’s Gin and another large Gilbey’s Gin! 😉
Enemy of the State is a highly engrossing movie that showcases the gross abuse of power by people in powerful positions!
So when Obama says, Trust Us (as he did recently after disclosure of NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance of Americans), you must sneer at the charlatan!
Will Smith delivers a strong, compelling performance of an innocent man, a labor lawyer Robert Clayton Dean, hunted and hounded by the murderous, vindictive National Security Agency.
So why is our hero hounded?
Because Robert Clayton Doyle accidentally comes into possession of a deadly video tape about the NSA’s criminal activities.
Hell, no less than the murder of a Congressman, who’s against a dirty Telecommunications and Security and Privacy Act that the NSA would like passed.
Soon, the chase is on!
Robert Clayton Dean is smeared and his life destroyed!
That’s what happens when you cross power!
NSA agents are presented as boorish thugs who will stop at nothing to get hold of the tape.
Murders, and more attempted murders happen!
Was Enemy of the State an instance of Art imitating Life?
Who can say for sure!
The movie is, as the Indian Chutias would say, Paisa Vasool.
Weird Stuff – 9/11
Can you schmucks believe it?
The villain Thomas Brian Reynolds in Enemy of the State was born on 9/11.
Hey, this movie was made in 1998, three years before Osama bin Laden’s attack on America.
Whoever said life (truth) is stranger than fiction was right!
The movie is fast paced with Will Smith’s character bugged, marriage almost destroyed and relentlessly tracked by the NSA via satellites, bugs and helicopters.
Besides Will Smith, Gene Hackmann (as the former NSA agent Edward Lyle/Brill) and Jon Veight (Angelina Jolie’s real-life father plays the villain, senior NSA official Thomas Brian Reynolds) deliver powerful performances.
Hey, all cheapo desis, Enemy of the State is available in full for FREE on YouTube.
We strongly recommend the movie, Enemy of the State.