Entertainment Movie review: 'Enemy' Jake Gyllenhaal is the leading actor in 'Enemy.' Photo Credit: A24 Films By ROBERT LEVIN firstname.lastname@example.org @rlevin85 March 12, 2014 6:03 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Jake Gyllenhaal flexes some serious acting chops in Denis Villeneuve's offbeat "Enemy," a surreal flick in which the star plays both a shy college professor and his actor doppelgänger. Adapted from the 2002 novel by José Saramago, it's set in and around a Toronto that's engulfed in a perpetual soft yellow and by a suffocating dusty haze, while stalked by a hulking, skyscraper-sized spider. Villeneuve, shifting gears significantly from "Prisoners," his last collaboration with Gyllenhaal, offers an intimate journey into the mind of Gyllenhaal's Adam, who notices the identical Anthony in the background of a movie scene and becomes obsessed with him. It's a movie filled with scenes of quiet contemplation and hurried research, awkward calls and uncomfortable encounters. The part tests Gyllenhaal to a significant extent. Front and center in every scene, the actor externalizes a deeply internal crisis, one that calls into question the most fundamental notion of humanity. Gyllenhaal sheds any hints of movie star vanity to indulge in this mysterious existential descent into madness. He's a confused wreck on screen and he keeps you engaged on this opaque journey. By ROBERT LEVIN email@example.com @rlevin85 Robert, amNewYork's Editor-in-Chief, has been with the team in one capacity or another for more than a decade. He also reviews movies and writes entertainment features. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.