History Film / EnemyOfTheState

24th Aug '16 10:54:05 PM Fireblood
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A group of rogue operatives from the [[{{NSA}} National Security Agency]] kill a congressman who would interfere with a bill to expand the government's authority for covert surveillance, but are caught in the act by a wildlife researcher's hidden camera. The NSA finds out about the researcher's tape, and the expanding cloud of coverups, murder and surveillance sucks in Dean (Will Smith), a labor lawyer who unwittingly has the tape passed on to him. The NSA agents proceed to bug Dean's house and belongings, ruin his marriage, and destroy his life to get him to surrender the tape. Soon, the only friend he has is the retired NSA agent "Brill" (Gene Hackman), who's learned how paranoid you have to be in this kind of world...

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A group of rogue operatives from the [[{{NSA}} National Security Agency]] kill a congressman who would interfere with US Senator who's set to block a bill to expand the government's authority for covert surveillance, but are caught in the act by a wildlife researcher's hidden camera. The NSA finds out about the researcher's tape, and the expanding cloud of coverups, murder and surveillance sucks in Dean (Will Smith), a labor lawyer who unwittingly has the tape passed on to him. The NSA agents proceed to bug Dean's house and belongings, ruin his marriage, and destroy his life to get him to surrender the tape. Soon, the only friend he has is the retired NSA agent "Brill" (Gene Hackman), who's learned how paranoid you have to be in this kind of world...



* AnAssKickingChristmas: Movie is set up during X-mas time.

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* AnAssKickingChristmas: Movie The movie is set up during X-mas time.



* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Rachel's death for Brill]]
* BigBad: Thomas Reynolds

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* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Rachel's death for Brill]]
Brill]].
* BigBad: Thomas ReynoldsReynolds.



* CallingTheCopsOnTheFBI: when Dean needs to enter Rachel's house unseen, he spots the SpiesInAVan parked outside. He then calls the city cops and spins a tale about conspicuous men in a van who might be doing drugs. Queue the spies when they hear the call on the police radio:

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* CallingTheCopsOnTheFBI: when When Dean needs to enter Rachel's house unseen, he spots the SpiesInAVan parked outside. He then calls the city cops and spins a tale about conspicuous men in a van who might be doing drugs. Queue the spies when they hear the call on the police radio:



** Later in the film, [[spoiler: Dean more or less calls the FBI on the NSA, via leading the latter into a Mafia-owned restaurant the Feds happen to be surveilling.]]

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** Later in the film, [[spoiler: Dean more or less calls the FBI on the NSA, via leading the latter into a Mafia-owned restaurant the Feds happen to be surveilling.surveiling.]]



* ChekhovsBoomerang: The Spy Devices initially used on Dean are turned around against a Congressman and the NSA director, then are once more used against Dean in the finale, but this time as a more comedic event.
* ChekhovsGun: The Lingerie Dean bought for his wife. When it comes up later in the film it is PlayedForLaughs, but it hints Dean to the fact that it was at the Lingerie Store where [[spoiler:Zavitz dropped the incriminating footage in Dean's shopping bag]]

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* ChekhovsBoomerang: The Spy Devices spying devices initially used on Dean are turned around against a Congressman congressman and the NSA director, then are once more used against Dean in the finale, but this time as a more comedic event.
* ChekhovsGun: The Lingerie lingerie Dean bought for his wife. When it comes up later in the film it is PlayedForLaughs, {{played for laughs}}, but it hints Dean to the fact that it was at the Lingerie Store lingerie store where [[spoiler:Zavitz dropped the incriminating footage in Dean's shopping bag]]



* DefectorFromDecadence: Brill

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* DefectorFromDecadence: BrillBrill.



* {{Fanservice}}: The Lingerie models, [[spoiler:Dean's wife in the lingerie, and Dean himself.]] All of those examples are justified by the plot.
* FakingAndEntering: Dean pretends to be a deliveryman to enter an hotel room and delay his pursuit.

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* {{Fanservice}}: The Lingerie lingerie models, [[spoiler:Dean's wife in the lingerie, and Dean himself.]] All of those examples are justified by the plot.
* FakingAndEntering: Dean pretends to be a deliveryman to enter an a hotel room and delay his pursuit.



* HilariousInHindsight: Less 'Hilarious' and more 'Ironic', but Reynolds' birthday is September 11. This movie came out in 1998.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Subverted. See RevealingCoverup.

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* HilariousInHindsight: Less 'Hilarious' 'hilarious' and more 'Ironic', 'ironic', but Reynolds' birthday is September 11. This movie came out in 1998.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Subverted.{{Subverted}}. See RevealingCoverup.



* IWarnedYou: When Dean tells his wife their house, car, phones, etc. have all been bugged, she angrily reminds him she knew something like this might happen (which she had), to which he replies, "This is not the time for the 'I told you so' speech."
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Brill uses a Baltimore PD uniform as a disguise to meet with the bad guys. [[spoiler: Becomes a ChekhovsGun when an FBI surveillance team sees him being ushered out of a van in front of a Mafia front they are doing surveilance on.]]

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* IWarnedYou: When Dean tells his wife their house, car, phones, etc. have all been bugged, she angrily reminds him she knew something like this might happen (which she had), to which he replies, replies "This is not the time for the 'I told you so' speech."
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Brill uses a Baltimore PD uniform as a disguise to meet with the bad guys. [[spoiler: Becomes a ChekhovsGun when an FBI surveillance team sees him being ushered out of a van in front of a Mafia front they are doing surveilance surveillance on.]]



* KnightTemplar: Reynolds sees himself as this. [[SubvertedTrope Though it also turns out he is hoping for career advancement if the Privacy Bill passes.]]

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* KnightTemplar: Reynolds sees himself as this. [[SubvertedTrope Though it also turns out he is hoping for career advancement if the Privacy Bill privacy bill passes.]]



* TheMafia: Dean starts by investigating one arm in DC. [[spoiler:And uses them later on to get rid of the NSA agents.]]

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* TheMafia: Dean starts by investigating one arm in DC. [[spoiler:And DC [[spoiler:and uses them later on to get rid of the NSA agents.]]



* NoExceptYes: Inverted when Dean is called before his bosses at the law firm over allegations against him:
-->'''Silverberg:''' We we're told to look back on your files as far as the electrician strike. We believe that you helped a man named Sam Velotti form a company called Zurich.

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* NoExceptYes: Inverted {{Inverted}} when Dean is called before his bosses at the law firm over allegations against him:
-->'''Silverberg:''' We we're were told to look back on your files as far as the electrician strike. We believe that you helped a man named Sam Velotti form a company called Zurich.



-->'''Dean:''' Sure. Everything except forming a company called Zurich, or knowing anybody who is named Sam Velotti, or having any connection, whatsoever to the Peitzo family.

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-->'''Dean:''' Sure. Everything except forming a company called Zurich, or knowing anybody who is named Sam Velotti, or having any connection, whatsoever whatsoever, to the Peitzo family.



* RunningGag: Dean's blender which is stolen by the NSA goons.
* SinisterSurveillance: premise of the movie

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* RunningGag: Dean's blender blender, which is stolen by the NSA goons.
* SinisterSurveillance: The premise of the moviemovie.



* SpySatellites: One major limitation is pointed out: The satellites are only terribly useful if the person you are trying to track ever looks up. Brill makes a point of keeping his head level and wearing a baseball cap.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: To the point where they can look at things explicitely out of the camera's view. At the same time, SpySatellites seem very limited.

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* SpySatellites: One major limitation is pointed out: The the satellites are only terribly useful if the person you are trying to track ever looks up. Brill makes a point of keeping his head level and wearing a baseball cap.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: To the point where they can look at things explicitely explicitly out of the camera's view. At the same time, SpySatellites seem very limited.



* TheUnfettered: Reynolds, who will do anything he considers necessary to protect his country, and his career. Which includes having people killed (at one point he almost does it himself) His goal here is to create even more of a surveillance society by getting the Privacy Bill passed by Congress, because America is constantly under threat.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Reynolds certainly gives the impression of believing that he has the best interests of national security at heart, but he's still a corrupt murderer. {{Subverted}} when we overhear his wife say that if the Privacy Bill passes a consequence is that he will likely be promoted, pushing him into a NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist.

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* TheUnfettered: Reynolds, who will do anything he considers necessary to protect his country, and his career. Which includes having people killed (at one point he almost does it himself) himself). His goal here is to create even more of a surveillance society by getting the Privacy Bill privacy bill passed by Congress, because America is constantly under threat.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Reynolds certainly gives the impression of believing that he has the best interests of national security at heart, but he's still a corrupt murderer. {{Subverted}} Subverted when we overhear his wife say that if the Privacy Bill privacy bill passes a consequence is that he will likely be promoted, pushing him into a NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist.
20th Aug '16 2:12:43 PM Dragon101
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* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Brill uses a Baltimore PD uniform as a disguise to meet with the bad guys. [[spoiler: Becomes a ChekhovsGun when an FBI surveilance team sees him being ushered out of a van in front of a Mafia front they are doing surveilance on.]]

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* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Brill uses a Baltimore PD uniform as a disguise to meet with the bad guys. [[spoiler: Becomes a ChekhovsGun when an FBI surveilance surveillance team sees him being ushered out of a van in front of a Mafia front they are doing surveilance on.]]



* KnightTemplar: Reynolds sees himself as this. [[SubertedTrope Though it also turns out he is hoping for career advancement if the Privacy Bill passes.]]

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* KnightTemplar: Reynolds sees himself as this. [[SubertedTrope [[SubvertedTrope Though it also turns out he is hoping for career advancement if the Privacy Bill passes.]]
20th Aug '16 2:05:53 PM Dragon101
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** Later in the film, [[spoiler: Dean more or less calls the FBI on the NSA, via leading the latter into a Mafia-owned restaurant the Feds happen to be surveilling.]]



* CorruptPolitician: Reynolds



* KnightTemplar: Reynolds sees himself as this.

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* KnightTemplar: Reynolds sees himself as this. [[SubertedTrope Though it also turns out he is hoping for career advancement if the Privacy Bill passes.]]



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Reynolds certainly gives the impression of believing that he has the best interests of national security at heart, but he's still a corrupt murderer.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Reynolds certainly gives the impression of believing that he has the best interests of national security at heart, but he's still a corrupt murderer. {{Subverted}} when we overhear his wife say that if the Privacy Bill passes a consequence is that he will likely be promoted, pushing him into a NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist.
21st Jul '16 2:23:28 AM Folamh3
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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Reynolds certainly gives the impression of believing that he has the best interests of national security at heart, but he's still a corrupt murderer.
18th Jul '16 1:56:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* SpySatellites: One major limitation is pointed out: The satellites are only terribly useful if the person you are trying to track ever looks up. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Brill]] makes a point of keeping his head level and wearing a baseball cap.

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* SpySatellites: One major limitation is pointed out: The satellites are only terribly useful if the person you are trying to track ever looks up. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Brill]] Brill makes a point of keeping his head level and wearing a baseball cap.
28th Jan '16 6:17:25 PM MojoMarth
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* HilariousInHindsight: Reynolds' birthday is September 11. This movie came out in 1998.

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* HilariousInHindsight: Less 'Hilarious' and more 'Ironic', but Reynolds' birthday is September 11. This movie came out in 1998.
26th Jan '16 8:53:50 PM MojoMarth
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* HilariousInHindsight: Reynolds' birthday is September 11. This movie came out in 1998.
26th Jan '16 7:09:54 PM JohnnyChimpo
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** Also functions as a ShoutOut to [[TrueRomance an earlier film]] also directed by Tony Scott that features a famous discussion of the slur, seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3yon2GyoiM here]].
8th Nov '15 6:38:57 AM Malloon
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* WrongInsultOffence: Actually, I believe the slur "shyster" is generally reserved for Jewish attorneys. I believe the proper slur for someone like myself would be "eggplant".

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* WrongInsultOffence: Dean, to the mob:
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Actually, I believe the slur "shyster" is generally reserved for Jewish attorneys. I believe the proper slur for someone like myself would be "eggplant".
22nd Oct '15 6:55:43 PM Folamh3
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* Post911TerrorismMovie: And one that came out [[HarsherInHindsight three years]] ''[[HarsherInHindsight before]]'' [[HarsherInHindsight 9/11]]. A modern viewer watching the film without knowing its year of release would probably assume it was a political thriller made as a heavy-handed reaction to the events in question, and would likely be surprised to learn it was released in the late 90s.

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* Post911TerrorismMovie: PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie: And one that came out [[HarsherInHindsight three years]] ''[[HarsherInHindsight before]]'' [[HarsherInHindsight 9/11]]. A modern viewer watching the film without knowing its year of release would probably assume it was a political thriller made as a heavy-handed reaction to the events in question, and would likely be surprised to learn it was released in the late 90s.
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