In the late 1990s Enemy of the State
was seen as entertainment pushing a
socially unaccepted but very likely a possibility. That link above is a great reference and sites other real parallels.
Truth was, we already had Echelon and Keyhole, not to mention the year before this movie was released, something called Carnivore was let loose. Later
came other related programs and projects like PRISM.
These have been discussed on ATS feel free to search.
I felt it was a good point in time, to review and reflect on his older movie that gave us a glimpse of how things may change if we aren't more
Where is the line, between personal space or privacy vs government intrusion and misappropriation?
Now let's jump to today.
Look at the drastically advanced differences, today we accept on a daily basis, everything and more than that which was a forewarning in that film.
Other older members may remember, times were different pre 2000s. This comfort with smart devices, is just waiting for an Enemy of the State 2.0 to
There's also a parallel between the surveillance side of the movie, but overlooked may be the deepstate aspect. Political corruption is obviously
Back then it may have been dismissed, as Ebert did as paranoid, but the paranoia mentioned wasn't, it was good trade craft.
Wondering what my point may be, I'll cut to the chase, having rewatched this movie, it got me thinking about the dual message it sends.
One of domestic surveillance and the other about deepstate activities and their willingness, to flaunt it openly without fear of reprisal.
The more things change, the more they stay the same?