In the final moments of Tony Scott’s ENEMY OF THE STATE, Will Smith’s character Robert Clayton Dean looks at his all-too-90s CRT TV set with its flickering analog signal and then: he shows up on screen ala some type of closed circuit technology. Scott’s ode to – or prescient telling of – America’s obsession with surveillance, encompasses a few running tropes of thrillers of the 90s, as well as establishes the filmmaker’s ultimate aesthetic going forward. For Scott – especially late 90s through early 2000’s Scott – surveillance and cinema co-mingle to the extent of becoming one, and it all starts with ENEMY OF THE STATE.
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“You ain’t seen BAD BOYS II!?”
We are all fortunately or unfortunately aware of Michael Bay’s pedigree. That which primarily concerns the visceral act of blowing shit up. Hey, at least he does it with finesse and a good haircut. And it’s a good thing that he started doing it prior to 2003, or the world would not have the 147 minute, $130 million dollar epic of aggressive sleaze that is BAD BOYS II.