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Why Tony Scott's ENEMY OF THE STATE Is Still Essential Viewing More Than 20 Years On - Movies In Focus
The late Tony Scott made a lot of great movies but 1998’s Enemy Of The State might just be his best (at the very least it’s up there with Spy Game and Man On Fire). It’s a paranoia/conspiracy thriller which still packs a punch over 20 years after it was first released. Movies In Focus constantly writes about how ‘they don’t make ’em like they used to’, but they really don’t make big budget thrillers like Enemy Of The State anymore. Tony Scott was at the peak of his powers, Will Smith was the biggest star on the planet and Jerry Bruckheimer was on a serious hot streak. Throw-in the likes of Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Gabriel Byrne and Jason Robards and you have movie gold. Even the young supporting cast was stellar, with many going on to break-out after the film’s release: Jason Lee, Scott Caan, Jack Black, Jake Busey, Barry Pepper and Regina King. Credit must also go to composer Harry Gregson-Williams, cinematographer Dan Mindel and editors Chris Lebenzon Paul Rubell for helping deliver some serious kinetic energy. It was written by David Marconi, Aaron Sorkin, Henry Bean & Tony Gilroy – that’s a serious bunch of writers. This techno thriller [...]