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''Enemy of the State'' is a 1998 [[ConspiracyThriller spy-thriller]] film directed by Creator/TonyScott, written by David Marconi, produced by JerryBruckheimer, and released by Creator/TouchstonePictures. The film stars WillSmith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Tom Sizemore, and Regina King.

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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!!''Enemy of the State'' contains examples of:

* ActionSurvivor: Dean has to be this if he wants to beat his enemies.
* AnAssKickingChristmas: Movie is set up during X-mas time.
* BadassGrandpa: Brill, a former intelligence agent.
* BadassLongcoat: Some Marine mooks wear longcoats. Not the best outfit to run faster, but they look cool.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Dean comes up with one, which results in a BlastOut.]]
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Rachel's death for Brill]]
* BigBad: Thomas Reynolds
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Basically the whole premise of the movie.
* BlackHelicopter: Reynolds' outfit uses these.
* BlastOut: [[spoiler: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]].
* 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:
-->[[OhCrap "Oh, eat me. Thatís us."]]
* {{Cameo}}: [[spoiler:Used to good effect (provided you haven't seen the trailer) when Gabriel Byrne briefly appears, pretending to be Brill.]]
* 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]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:The Mafia boys from the beginning of the movie.]]
* ConspiracyThriller: With all the digital technology that fuels conspiracies since 1990.
* CorruptPolitician: Reynolds
* DeadpanSnarker: Reynolds has his moments. One of his underlings mentions in passing that Dean's wife is attached to the ACLU, and he quips:
-->'''Reynolds:''' Well I suppose [Zavitz] could have given [the tape] directly to [[Film/AllThePresidentsMen Bob Woodward]].
* DefectorFromDecadence: Brill
* EnemyMine: Used by Dean to get rid of the NSA.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* EnhanceButton: It can even let them look at things ''blocked'' by the camera's view, though it gets a HandWave 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 SpySatellites.
* ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation along with EnhanceButton: The NSA tracking interface runs on it.
* {{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.
* GovernmentConspiracy: More specifically, of the {{NSA}}.
* GrumpyOldMan: Brill, though [[ProperlyParanoid it's entirely justified]].
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Subverted. See RevealingCoverup.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Daniel's attempt at escape.
* HopelessWithTech: Dean, at least as far as Brill is concerned:
-->'''Brill:''' In your phone was a GPS sat-tracker. Pulses at 24 gigahertz.
-->'''Dean:''' I don't know what that means.
-->'''Brill:''' It's like a [=LoJack=], only two generations better than what the police have.
-->'''Dean:''' And what does that mean?
-->'''Brill:''' (''frustrated'') You speak English?
-->'''Dean:''' [[SarcasmMode Obviously not that well]].
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: The wildlife researcher who dumps the video onto Dean.
* 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 surveilance team sees him being ushered out of a van in front of a Mafia front they are doing surveilance on.]]
* InsistentTerminology: Paulie Pintero refers to Dean as a "shyster" lawyer. Dean politely corrects him, saying that "shyster" is for Jewish people, and as a person of African-American descent, he would be an "eggplant". This is, in fact, [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=melanzane a term used by people of Italian descent]] [[ShownTheirWork to refer to people of color]].
* IronicEcho: "You're either incredibly smart or incredibly stupid."
* KindheartedCatLover: Brill might be a GrumpyOldMan, but he has great affection for his cat.
* KnightTemplar: Reynolds sees himself as this.
-->''We never dealt with domestic. With us, it was always war. We won the war. Now we're fighting the peace. It's a lot more volatile. Now we've got ten million crackpots out there with sniper scopes, sarin gas and C-4. Ten-year-olds go on the Net, downloading encryption we can barely break, not to mention instructions on how to make a low-yield nuclear device. Privacy's been dead for years because we can't risk it. The only privacy that's left is the inside of your head. Maybe that's enough. You think we're the enemy of democracy, you and I? I think we're democracy's last hope.''
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: When Dean and Carla have reunited at the end:
-->'''Carla:''' (''watching Congressman Albert admit they need to monitor the people monitoring their enemies'') Well, who's gonna monitor the monitors of the monitors?
-->'''Dean:''' I wouldn't mind doing a little *monitoring* myself.
-->'''Carla:''' (''looks at him'') Yes, and you've got lots and lots of *monitoring* to do.
-->'''Eric:''' [[FromTheMouthsOfBabes Are you guys talking about sex?]]
* LenoDevice: A Republican congressman appears on Larry King.
* LingerieScene: [[FanserviceExtra Both models in a lingerie shop]] and Dean's wife. And it's plot-relevant ''both'' times.
* LookBothWays : Zavitz, the wildlife researcher.
* TheMafia: Dean starts by investigating one arm in DC. [[spoiler:And uses them later on to get rid of the NSA agents.]]
* MagicalSecurityCam: Used by Reynolds' outfit.
* MaliciousSlander: Dean is victim of this
* MexicanStandoff: [[spoiler:On a grand scale. Apparently played for laughs too when you know both parties are being suckered big time.]]
* MisterMuffykins: Dean's wife's stupid little dog, Porsche (which looks just like the one in the photo on that page!) Dean clearly can't stand it (who could?)
* 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.
-->'''Blake:''' We also found out about your connection with the Peitzo family.
-->'''Dean:''' Well, that's true.
-->'''Silverberg:''' You're admitting to it?
-->'''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.
* OnSecondThought: Carla is watching Congressman Albert talk about the need for increased surveillance on their enemies.
-->'''Dean:''' He's got a point there, sweetie.
-->'''Carla:''' (''gives him a DeathGlare'') Bobby!
-->'''Dean:''' I mean, who is this idiot, anyway?
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: [[spoiler:Dean engineers a meeting between the NSA and the mafiosos from the beginning of the movie. Neither party realizes that they're talking about two different tapes]].
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Brill pretends to be like this to try and get Reynolds to make an EngineeredPublicConfession. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* PlotCoupon: The disk with the murder.
* ProperlyParanoid : Brill. Then again, used to be a spook as well. Also see the TagLine.
* PsychoForHire: 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.
* PunchClockVillain: 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?')
* RevealingCoverup: Dean actually knows nothing about the disk he has, and only starts investigating when the NSA goons start leaning on him.
* RunningGag: Dean's blender which is stolen by the NSA goons.
* SinisterSurveillance: premise of the movie
* SpiesInAVan: 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!" HilarityEnsues.
* TheSpook: Brill was out of the grid for 18 years.
* SpottingTheThread : Dean becomes suspicious of [[spoiler:Brill]] due to a verbal slip up. [[spoiler: The real Brill rescues him shortly after.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* TagLine: "[[ProperlyParanoid It's not paranoia if they're really after you.]]"
* TakeOffYourClothes: Brill asks this to Dean in order to search for bugs. Eventually he does... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny to the enjoyment of an Asian lady.]]
* TelevisionGeography: The Baltimore and DC locations change pretty quickly...
* TrainEscape: Brill's car breaks near the tracks, forcing him and Reynolds to escape hiding between the passing trains.
* TrainingAccident: Or at least that was how they planned it to look like.
* TropicalEpilogue: Brill's character in a video message.
* 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.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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?
* WhoWatchesTheWatchmen: One of the aesops of the film.
-->'''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?
* WrongfullyAccused: Dean. After he's framed for murder.
* 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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