Will Smith is Robert Clayton Dean, a respected Washington D.C. attorney who...without his knowledge...is given an explosive piece of video that ties a top national security official to a political murder! Instantly, Dean is targeted by a covert team of lethal government surveillance operatives...who systematically wage a relentless, ultra high-tech campaign to discredit him and retrieve the incriminating evidence!
, Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture,Regina King, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Motion Picture,Will Smith, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Motion Picture
MTV Award (1999)
Will Smith, Nominee, Best Male Performance
The New York Times
...it's the gigahertz that are hot in a thriller that treats technology as its biggest turn-on. High-tech surveillance ("Enhance, then forward frame by frame!") is at the heart of this latest splashy collaboration between Tony Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Crimson Tide), with its premise that privacy is imperiled by runaway electronics... The film's horde of foxy screens, transmitters, buttonhole cameras and laptops probably deserve an acting credit of their own.
The movie is fast-paced, centered around two big chase scenes, and ending in a clever double-cross that leads to a big shootout... But by and large the movie works. Smith is credible as a good lawyer who is blindsided by the misused power of the state.
Unrated, DVD, No Longer Produced
Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Enemy of the State...has a hurtling pace, nonstop intensity and a stylish, appealing performance by Will Smith...