History Film / EnemyOfTheState

6th Nov '17 11:49:09 AM eroock
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* ObligatoryEarpieceTouch: The [=NSA=] agents pursuing videographer Zavitz all have earpieces, mainly to receive updates from spy satellite pics taken by MissionControl. One agent in particular expects the target to emerge on his street, and fingers his earpiece because he's on a busy, noisy midtown Baltimore thoroughfare. He gets the brotherly counsel from MissionControl: "Turn around, you idiot." Ah, teamwork.
3rd Nov '17 11:34:26 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ImproperlyParanoid: All of the hell that Dean suffers is because Reynolds takes one look at his history (lawyer, connections to various civil groups, friend of the guy that filmed the video), and the situation (random meeting after many years of not seeing in the middle of a chase, Daniel puts the videogame where he hid the video inside Dean's bag in a moment of desperation, Dean puts his foot down when his goons get too rash with their questions when they arrive to his house faking being cops) and immediately assumes "informant that will try to destroy my plans".
3rd Nov '17 10:01:26 PM marcoasalazarm
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A group of rogue operatives from the [[{{NSA}} National Security Agency]] kill a U.S. 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 (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" (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 U.S. 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 Robert Clayton Dean (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" (Hackman), who's learned how paranoid you have to be in this kind of world...



* ActionSurvivor: Dean has to be this if he wants to beat his enemies.
* AdultFear: The government effectively ruining your life.

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* ActionSurvivor: Dean has to be this if he wants to beat his enemies.
enemies. For most of the first two acts of the film he doesn't even knows how bad things are, and on the third he's pretty much the "bumbling newbie" member of the ActionDuo he's formed with Brill.
* AdultFear: The government effectively ruining your life.life and knowing ''everything'' about you, even following you around with satellite surveillance.



* CIAEvilFBIGood: The "National Security Agency (NSA) is SinisterSurveillance incarnate" sub-section of this trope is what fuels the whole plot.



* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]

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* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler: [[spoiler:Brill and Dean try to catch Reynolds admitting to the murders. It doesn't work.work--Reynolds spends too much time giving a spiel about how the world is going to the dogs and [[KnightTemplar expionage has become more important than ever]] and manages to buy time for his goons to track the radio frequency of the heroes' HiddenWire and catch them both.]]



* FakingAndEntering: Dean pretends to be a deliveryman to enter a hotel room and delay his pursuit.

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* FakingAndEntering: FakingAndEntering:
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Dean pretends to be a deliveryman to enter a hotel room and delay his pursuit.pursuit.
** Reynolds' goons thrash Dean's house both looking for the hidden file (they don't find it because Dean's kid took the videogame that it was hidden inside) and placing bugs on both the house and Dean's clothes. They also steal his blender.



* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: The wildlife researcher who dumps the video onto Dean.
* 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 surveillance on.]]

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* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: The wildlife researcher who dumps the video onto Dean.
Dean. The subsequent drama that ensues is because Dean doesn't even knows he ''has'' the video for a chunk of the film.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Brill uses a Baltimore PD uniform as a disguise to meet with the bad guys. [[spoiler: Becomes [[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 surveillance on.]]



* ProperlyParanoid : Brill. Then again, used to be a spook as well. Also see the TagLine.

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* ProperlyParanoid : Brill. Then again, he used to be a spook as well. Also see the TagLine.



* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/TheConversation'', to the point it's not hard to assume that Creator/GeneHackman's characters in both movies are the same person.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/TheConversation'', to the point it's not hard to assume that Creator/GeneHackman's characters in both movies are the same person. The scene where Dean and Rachel meet to discuss Brill on a park and the NSA goons try to listen in to their conversation is essentially an updated version of the older film's opening scene.



* SpottingTheThread: Dean becomes suspicious of [[spoiler:Brill]] due to a verbal slip up. [[spoiler: The real Brill rescues him shortly after.]]

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* SpottingTheThread: Dean becomes suspicious of [[spoiler:Brill]] due to a verbal slip up. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The real Brill rescues him shortly after.]]



* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: To the point where they can look at things explicitly out of the camera's view. At the same time, SpySatellites seem very limited.

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* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: To the point where they can look at things explicitly out of the camera's view. At the same time, SpySatellites seem very limited.limited (they can't catch somebody's face unless he's looking straight up), yet on a later scene they allegedly were in perfect position to flawlessly film the travel of a single car from a random spot on suburban Pennsylvania all the way to its parking spot multiple miles away and that all it takes to review this intel is the coordinates of where it started to roll and its make, model and color.
17th Oct '17 3:13:53 AM alnair20aug93
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* TouchingTheEarpiece: The NSA agents all have earpieces, mainly to receive updates from spy satellite pics taken by Mission Control. One agent in particular expects the target to emerge on his street, and fingers his earpiece because he's on a busy, noisy midtown Baltimore thoroughfare. He gets the brotherly counsel from MissionControl: "Turn around, you idiot." Ah, teamwork.
15th Oct '17 9:48:53 AM eroock
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* TouchingTheEarpiece: The NSA agents all have earpieces, mainly to receive updates from spy satellite pics taken by Mission Control. One agent in particular expects the target to emerge on his street, and fingers his earpiece because he's on a busy, noisy midtown Baltimore thoroughfare. He gets the brotherly counsel from MissionControl: "Turn around, you idiot." Ah, teamwork.
19th Aug '17 10:56:52 PM creader
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** [[spoiler:On above mention mission, Rachel's father and Brill's partner died when she was a child.]]
** [[spoiler:Both Reynolds and Pintero become this to their children after their ends in both of their deaths.]]

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** [[spoiler:On the above mention mentioned mission, Rachel's father and Brill's partner died when she was a child.]]
** [[spoiler:Both Reynolds and Pintero become this to their children after their fight ends in both of their deaths.]]
4th Aug '17 10:17:45 PM creader
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* AdultFear: The government effectively ruining your life.



* DisappearedDad:
** Dean mentions how hard it was to grow up without a father and doesn't want to put his family through that.
** After his last mission went wrong, Brill presumably became to his family, though it's left unsure if he any children.
** [[spoiler:On above mention mission, Rachel's father and Brill's partner died when she was a child.]]
** [[spoiler:Both Reynolds and Pintero become this to their children after their ends in both of their deaths.]]



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** Reynolds is usually shown in the accompany of his wife, who he cares for.
** Pintero is a Mob boss, but near the climax, it's shown he has a wife and two sons he adores.



* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Like what Reynolds and his men did to him, Dean puts monitoring devices in Reynolds' home as well framing him for cheating and canceling his credit cars.]]



* PlotTriggeringDeath: Zavitz's death kickstarts the rest of the plot.



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Zavitz only had a minor, but got the evidence that showed Reynolds and his men killing Hammersly. And he put the copy inside Dean's bag...



* SpottingTheThread : Dean becomes suspicious of [[spoiler:Brill]] due to a verbal slip up. [[spoiler: The real Brill rescues him shortly after.]]

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* SpottingTheThread : SpottingTheThread: Dean becomes suspicious of [[spoiler:Brill]] due to a verbal slip up. [[spoiler: The real Brill rescues him shortly after.]]


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* YourCheatingHeart:
** Dean had an affair with Rachel four years prior, which led him and Carla to go to counseling to resolve the problem.
** [[spoiler:The congressman is having an affair with his aide even though he's married.]]
4th Aug '17 9:27:04 PM creader
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* ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation along with EnhanceButton: The NSA tracking interface runs on it.

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* ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation along with EnhanceButton: ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation: The NSA tracking interface runs on it.



* HilariousInHindsight: Less 'hilarious' and more 'ironic', but Reynolds' birthday is September 11. This movie came out in 1998.



* 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."



* 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."



* LookBothWays : Zavitz, the wildlife researcher.

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* LookBothWays : LookBothWays: Zavitz, the wildlife researcher.


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* MistakenForCheating: {{Justified}}. Carla suspects Dean of having an affair with Rachel not only due to the NSA sending her incriminating evidence of the two, but also because, four years prior, Dean ''did'' have an affair with her.
6th Jul '17 10:17:31 PM KJMackley
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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/TheConversation'', to the point it's not hard to assume that Creator/GeneHackman's characters in both movies are the same person.
26th May '17 9:02:21 PM tahna_los
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* ChekhovsArmy: [[spoiler:The Pintero Crime Family, and the FBI guys watching them.]]



* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:The Mafia boys from the beginning of the movie.]]



* MaliciousSlander: Dean is victim of this

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* MaliciousSlander: Dean is victim of thisthis.



* 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.

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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. [[GenreSavvy Brill makes a point of keeping his head level and wearing a baseball cap.]]
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