Time: 130 mins.
It's sad when a movie has such potential and doesn't meet one iota of it. ENEMY OF THE STATE has great talent, an interesting if not completely original story, and OK action sequences, so why is it such a boring movie. Think THE NET on steroids and that's what Simpson/Bruckheimer delivers. While we all like to think the government is out to get us (and they probably are watching us more than we want to believe) the technology they try to get us to swallow in this movie would choke a hippo. Granted the National Security Agency probably has some pretty sophisticated toys that they more than occasionally point at the general public, but come on they're a division of the government. Are we supposed to believe they actually know how to use this stuff? Maybe all the ineffectual employees filing seats across administrations are just decoys for the exceptionally bright ones they have hiding behind closed doors. Not only that, but the guys they have acting as these super, savvy techies are barley old enough to be out of college and look like they would be more comfortable at a game arcade than a government office. But I digress.
Basically Will Smith's character is chased by officials from the NSA because an old friend of his passed him a computer disk containing the murder of a congressman he just happened to capture on video. Personally, if I caught a murder on tape I would carry that sucker to the nearest police station or newspaper office as fast as my little feet could carry me. Would I place a phone call, which can be traced and tells whoever's listening that I have this incriminating evidence? I don't think so, but let's just ignore that little bit of common sense, because the filmmakers do. Anyway, through very sophisticated and completely unbelievable computer technology, the bad guys figure out that Will might potentially have the offending video and they set out to get it back, using whatever means necessary. At first they just bug and wire his home and person, cancel all his credit cards, smear his name in the local paper and get him fired from his job and thrown out of his house. Then when that doesn't yield the results they want, they track him down like a dog, chasing him all over DC causing chaos everywhere they go. So much for keeping this little operation a secret.