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Enemy of the State

Reviewed by Renata Pauperio from Brazil

Renata Pauperio

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It is a thrilling movie that shows that nowadays technology allows anyone and everyone, anywhere to be under surveillance 24 hours a day.

 

Director: Tony Scott

Type: Adventure

Actors: Robert Clayon Dean... (Will Smith)
           Gene Hackman (Brill)
           Jon Voigt (Thomas Reynolds)
           Rachel Banks (Lisa Bonet)
           Carla King (Regina King)

Country/Date: USA/1998

How would you feel if your privacy chad been invaded? If you watch the movie "Enemy of the State", starring Will Smith, you will have a good idea of what I am talking about. It is a thrilling movie that shows that nowadays technology allows anyone and everyone, anywhere to be under surveillance 24 hours a day.

That's what happens to Will Smith in this movie. He is put under extreme surveillance after an eformer college classmate slips some crime evidence in his shopping packages. Even his clothes are wired to show exactly where he is and what he is doing.

I believe that this movie is still far from reality, but it is not impossible. Surveillance exists where we least expect it--in the work place, in stores, in restaurants, everywhere. All in order to maintain the rules of society, but where to draw the line between acceptable surveillance and exaggerated surveillance; that is, invasion of privacy? Everyone has the right to come and go, the right to speak freely and to express his thoughts. Aren't you ever suspicious? Remember, you never know who might be watching you!


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