Nearly a month after its first official trailer was released, a new Red Band teaser for the upcoming film Enemy came out today. Staring Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role(s), this new spot features much of the same confusion and noise that accompanied the two Instagram Red Band teasers that were unleashed yesterday.
It’s been difficult to unravel and meaning or purpose out of these murky teasers which feature flashing bits of sex and ultraviolence set to the beat of a constant drum. It seems only comedies are served well by the Red Band treatment. The original trailer for Enemy made it look exciting (watch it here), and the pedigree the team crafting the film adds to that anticipation. The official plot summary for Enemy does perhaps a better job of creating enthusiasm for the film’s release than the teasers do. It reads:
Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with his PRISONERS director, Denis Villeneuve, in this sexy and hypnotically surreal psychological thriller that breathes new life into the doppleganger tradition. Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even his beautiful girlfriend, Mary ([Melanie] Laurent). Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, a bit-part actor named Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined. Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, provoking empathy as well as disapproval while embodying two distinct personas. With masterfully controlled attention to detail, Villeneuve takes us on an enigmatic and gripping journey through a world that is both familiar and strange — and hard to shake off long after its final, unnerving image.
Enemy will hit D.C. theaters on March 14 for a limited release. The film heads to West End Cinema on March 21 but no other local theaters have yet announced bookings for the film. The film’s official website can be found here, although better information can be found at its production company’s site.