Enemy of the State is a 1998 spy-thriller film directed by Tony Scott, written by David Marconi, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film stars Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet and Regina King.A group of rogue operatives from the 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...
Blast Out: Dean manages to basically have the NSA agents who've already captured him and the Mafia goons from the start of the film kill each other.
Calling The Cops On The FBI: when Dean needs to enter Rachel's house unseen, he spots the Spies in a Van 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:
Cameo: Used to good effect (provided you haven't seen the trailer) when Gabriel Byrne briefly appears, pretending to be Brill.
Chekhov's Boomerang: 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.
Chekhov's Gun: The Lingerie Dean bought for his wife. When it comes up later in the film it is Played for Laughs, but it hints Dean to the fact that it was at the Lingerie Store where Zavitz dropped the incriminating footage in Dean's shopping bag
Enhance Button: It can even let them look at things blocked by the camera's view, though it gets a Hand Wave by saying that they are merely looking at extrapolations based on surrounding elements such as shadows, and assumptions, such as them presuming that a shadow might be cast by an object they suspect is blocked from view. Oddly, this technology is not compatible with Spy Satellites.
Impersonating an Officer: Brill uses a Baltimore PD uniform as a disguise to meet with the bad guys. Becomes a Chekhov's Gun when an FBI surveilance team sees him being ushered out of a van in front of a Mafia front they are doing surveilance on.
Leno Device: A Republican senator appears on Larry King.
Psycho for Hire: Krug and Jones, the two ex-military cutouts Reynolds asks for, a pair of dishonorably discharged marines who were jailed for beating up their Gunnery Sergeant. Particularly Jones, who is not sorry about it.
Punch Clock Villain: The technicians who work for Reynolds (one of them even seems to take a vacation for the rest of the movie - see 'What Happened to the Mouse?')
Revealing Coverup: Dean actually knows nothing about the disk he has, and only starts investigating when the NSA goons start leaning on him.
Running Gag: Dean's blender which is stolen by the NSA goons.
Spies in a Van: At a certain point, Dean decides to shoot 'em back by calling the cops about "a van in front of my house, possibly trafficking drugs!" Hilarity Ensues.
Spotting the Thread : Dean becomes suspicious of Brill due to a verbal slip up. The real Brill rescues him shortly after.
Spy Satellites: 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.
The Unfettered: 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.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Seth Green (the techie who leads the mobile surveillance team) just completely disappears halfway through the film, with no word of explanation. With what he must have known, surely he wasn't someone they'd let zip off somewhere. Did Green suddenly become unavailable halfway through filming?
Congressman: We knew that we had to monitor our enemies. We've also come to realize that we need to monitor the people who are monitoring them. Carla: Well, who's going to monitor the monitors of the monitors?