YMMV / Enemy of the State

  • Harsher in Hindsight: This movie predates the USA PATRIOT Act by almost four years.
    • Brill makes a passing reference to a previous operation supplying weapons to the Afghani rebels fighting against the Soviets.
      • The harshest part is that the USA PATRIOT Act made everything the NSA did in the movie legal (with cause). Except the murders, of course. Convenient, eh?
    • Since the 2013 revelations about the NSA's PRISM operation, the film seems even more darkly prescient.
    • The main antagonist, the man who is pushing for an overweaning security state, was born on 9/11.
    • One of the flagged words Brill mentions that the government tracks on phone lines is "Allah".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Moral Event Horizon: Reynolds and his men have no hesitation to kill a man who was against the NSA project and an innocent girl just to frame Dean for murder.
  • Narm Charm: The opening title sequence, while trying to portray omnipresent surveillance, ends up looking like a sequence out of Hackers. The location cards also enter in one letter at a time and are accompanied by futuristic beeping noises.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Gabriel Byrne as the fake Brill who tries to kidnap Dean before the real deal foils his efforts.
  • Paranoia Fuel