Enemy has creepy visuals that sets-up an intriguing premise. The film slowly builds a world that would have existed in a Twilight Zone episode – an intentionally drab muted color palette, creepy string musical score, a bare metropolitan landscape, and spiders.
The cast delivers good performances with Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead, who has no trouble pulling off a doppelganger movie.
This is a psychological character study, which means until you figure out what the spider symbolizes and who Anthony exactly is, Enemy is going to be a meandering film with vivid imagery that excuses restless dick syndrome.
There is no definitive explanation of this movie and Dennis Villeneuve understandably doesn’t offer any because it would ruin the fun.
If you watch the movie closely – and probably twice – you’ll figure out a good explanation that aligns all the clues. You can start by asking this question – Are Adam and Anthony real physical doppelgangers?
Enemy is a brooding puzzle, which doesn’t make for a grounded story that you can emotionally connect with. The movie is more focused on adding texture to Adam’s subconscious than turning Anthony into a menacing threat.
Still Adam Bell’s fate, in the end, is sad once you figure out the ending. He knows this, as he sighs at the sight of his wife. And one can say he deserves it. He is doomed to repeat his mistakes, as he struggles with guilt, culpability, and fear of commitment.
Enemy is an eerie and intriguing doppelganger movie about a sad figure trapped in a cycle of self-destruction.