It's also a 90s movie and I'm noting at least one a month this summer.
The 90s had some really great thrillers: "Single White Female," "The Net," "Copycat," "The Pelican Brief," "The Firm" (I like "The Pelican Brief" much better than "The Firm"), "The Crying Game," "The Game," "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Dolores Clairborne," "The Last Seduction," "Arlington Road," "LA Confidential," "Basic Instinct,""Sliver," "Disclosure," "No Place To Hide," "Entrapment," "The Usual Suspects," "Sneakers," "The Spanish Prisoner," "Existenz," "Poison Ivy," "Pi," "Fargo," "Heavenly Creatures" and "Bound." From that list, I'd top ten it (not in any order) as:
"Pi," "The Net," "The Last Seduction," "Spanish Prisoner," "Bound," Existenz," "Single White Female," "The Game," "Silence of the Lambs" and "LA Confidential."
But even with that long list, there's one major thriller not listed.
"Enemy of the State."
Ridley Scott's brother Tony directed this film. Will Smith and Gene Hackman are the stars. Lisa Bonet and Jason Lee are really great in small supporting parts. And the big villain is Jon Voight.
Will's a lawyer. He and his wife (Regina King of "227" fame) went to Georgetown with Bonet and Lee. In fact, Lisa and Will used to be live-in lovers in college. Now she (Rachel Banks) helps him out when he needs some research -- tough research. Jason Lee is working on nature, specifically ducks. He has cameras stationed by a pond. A Republican Congressman meets Jon Voight (CIA type) at the pond. Voight wants a law passed that will destroy privacy (the film came out in 1998). When the Congressman says no Voight's henchman inject the Congressman and he dies.
Lee's cameras capture it.
When he finds the footage, the CIA is after him. He manages to make a copy and the CIA descends on his home. He manages to escape and bumps into Will at a store. He slides his Gameboy (with the copy of the murder on the disc) into Will's bags.
The CIA comes after Will, they say he's sleeping with Lisa. That causes problems for his marriage. And for Lisa.
And they're saying Will's mafia, etc.
So what happens is Gene's the only one who can help. He was Lisa's source.
And Gene and Will have to go up against the government.
It's a real thrill ride. And, I think, an important film. I like Will Smith better than I like his films. I can't take his I'm-an-actor drama crap. And most of his other films are mindless. I like "Bad Boys." But the only one I love is "Enemy of the State." This is a classic film.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"