Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Wolfgang Peterson
Enemy Mine is, in a fairly obvious way, really all about race relations. But it's also very entertaining, with a good balance of humour and action as well as the sort of touching moments you would expect in a movie that revolves around a central friendship. Although the plot is quite straightforward and some of the scavengers are a little stereotypical in their bad guy roles, it's intelligent and varied enough to make enjoyable viewing. Louis Gossett Jr. makes a convincing alien under all his prosthetics. He starts out intimidatingly strange and more or less incomprehensible, but gradually his differences become less pronounced and we see the Drac more as a person. The gurgling sound the Dracs make when they talk and sing is a particularly good effect for conveying this sense of otherness.
On the whole the special effects are typical for 1985, but they don't take precedence over the story and so don't detract from it.
This movie is both heartwarming and ever so slightly melodramatic. It's got a fairly short runtime, but fortunately this is just the right length to tell the story so that it's neither rushed nor drawn-out too long. Enemy Mine is a thoughtful film with strong main characters, and it's definitely worthwhile viewing.
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