Enemy Of The State
The late director Tony Scott was many things, including given to flash over substance, substituting jump-cut action for dialogue or plot development, and much more, but he unquestionably had an eye for arresting imagery, and he was always, in his movies, about ten minutes ahead of the world. Enemy Of The State demonstrates all of that in spades, and more. The awkward buddy-pairing of Gene Hackman and Will Smith, played dramatically straight, was casting genius. The number of credited and uncredited actors appearing in supporting roles is a pretty good Who's Who list in itself. But the story, which embarrassed the NSA at the time, turned out to be uncomfortably paralleled by real-life developments 15 years later, with revelations of the NSA spying on the Congress, the press, and every single citizen, and Tony Scott took the world there back in 1998. And with visual flash, jump-cut action, and an unsuspected amount of prescient substance, all wrapped up in tightly wound flick.