Enemy Mine (1985)
Critic Consensus: Enemy Mine extracts thrilling sci-fi pulp from Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr.'s chemistry and inventive production design, but an overextended story diminishes the power of its central duo's relationship.
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Critic Reviews for Enemy Mine
It depends on plot gimmicks like the convenient arrival of enemies and the equally convenient arrival of friends to the rescue. It doesn't dare enough.
'Enemy Mine' must be appreciated for how much the daring Fox production had to "swim against the current." [Full Review in Spanish]
I loved this movie as a kid. Haven't seen it since.
Audience Reviews for Enemy Mine
The effects of this childhood favorite of mine may not have aged well, considering it is two years "younger" than the still excellent Return of the Jedi, but the story still works. In this sci-fi adventure a man and an enemy fighter alien crash on the same planet and have to work together to survive. The growing friendship may be a tad too mushy at times and of course we know they'll overcome their differences, but that's told in such a charming, humorous and fun way that it's hard not to like this film. Gossett Jr. manages to bring a lot of emotions through his (excellent) alien make-up and Quaid always makes for a great leading man. The plot even takes a rather unexpected turn in the third half and makes you honestly question if all this ends well after all. A lovable, even if naive, space adventure. Maybe a guilty pleasure today, but still a fun film.
A vey good and touching film which has obvious under currents of racism and hatred. Both actors are very good as they try to adapt and get on with each other, the look is good but alittle obvious as sets, not great but good and you do feel for the Draconians as the films nears its climax. Its a nice idea that works well and does highlight how cruel and meaningless racism is, quite emotional and touching as the finale builds tension which gets you rooting for the hero.
It's either one of the worst movies ever made or a B-Movie classic, that's really the only way I can see it. The dialogue and forced racism element is utterly hilarious. Then there's just this really bizarre alien birthing/aging process that I will never truly understand. While it's extremely enjoyable and fun, I don't think any of it was intentional.
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