A tale of two Jakes.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve combine once more with Enemy, a psychological thriller that sees the 33-year-old actor come face-to-face with a man who bears his physical aesthetic to the nose hair. Adam (Gyllenhaal) is an unassuming, socially awkward quiet professor, who doesn’t really go out much.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Jake Gyllenhaal
On the recommendation of a colleague, he rents a movie and settles down for a watch, only to discover his doppelganger within the picture. Seeking out his lookalike ( called Anthony) doesn’t bode well for Adam.
Anthony’s wife thinks she’s talking to her husband when Adam calls, and upon actually meeting, Anthony expresses a desire to sleep with Adam’s girlfriend.
We’re starting to think one of Anthony or Adam should have a different name…
Anyway, needless to say: Adam well and truly loses his mind, causing his girlfriend to question his odd behaviour.
It’s billed as a “haunting and provocative psychosexual thriller about duality and identity,” but we’d be satisfied if Gyllenhaal just walked about in nice-fitting shirts. In fact, all films should be like that. Theodore Twombly says howdy.
Gyllenhaal played both characters and often used stand-in actors when he had to shoot scenes where he confronted himself, according to Villeneuve.
Sarah Gadon and Jake Gyllenhaal in Enemy
"Jake had to make us believe there was someone else in front of him," he told Yahoo, adding of the film, "It's an exploration inside yourself. Sometimes you have compulsions that you can't control coming from the subconscious...they are the dictator inside ourselves."
The film sees recent collaborators Gyllenhaal and Villeneuve combine after their successful work on Prisoners, another thriller, which starred Hugh Jackman and Paul Dano.
Enemy, which sees Melanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon co-star is adapted by Javier Gullón from José Saramago’s 2002 novel The Double and will be released by A24 on March 14.