Monday, April 23, 2012

Enemy of the State (1998)

This is a solid movie. Congressman Phil Hammersley remains firmly opposed to passage of new legislation that dramatically expands the surveillance powers of law enforcement agencies. To ensure the bill's passage, National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight) kills Hammersley, but he is unaware of a video camera set up by wildlife researcher Daniel Zavitz that has captured the entire incident. While being chased by the NSA, Daniel sees old college friend and labor lawyer Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith) in a lingerie store and sticks the computer disc containing a copy of the video into his shopping bag.

A 2009 episode of PBS' Nova titled "Spy Factory" reports that the film's portrayal of the NSA’s capabilities is fiction.


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