Enemy of the State, the new movie starring Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, and Will Smith, gets a mixed review from CBS This Morning Contributor Gene Siskel.
Siskel says the film aspires to be about the issue of personal privacy, but it's so hyperactive and noisy that there were moments when he wanted to tranquilize the actors.
"But what the film did accomplish," says Siskel, "is to throw in my face such an array of spying mechanisms that I no longer felt secure. And so, in some backdoor fashion, I ended up caring about the issue that fuels the story."
|Will Smith (Touchstone Pictures)|
Powerful forces hidden within a government agency will stop at nothing, including murder, to get a bill passed that would give them all that power. Smith's character is in danger because the agency believes he has evidence of its foul play.
Jon Voight plays a National Security Agency (NSA) administrator who has the most to lose in this high-stakes game.
|Gene Hackman (Touchstone Pictures)|
Siskel says that Enemy of the State has a complex story. But this movie isn't about its story. It's about showing us high-tech, eavesdropping toys in a barrage of furious, ear-splitting, eye-popping action scenes.
His tongue-in-cheek suggestions for a more commercial title:
- I Know What You Did Last Summer And Every Waking Minute Since Then