Enemy of the State

Year: 1998
Director: Tony Scott
Producer: Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer
Cast: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Byrne, John Voight, Regina King, Jason Robards, Seth Green, Tom Sizemore, Lisa Bonet, Jake Busey, Scott Caan, Jack Black, Jamie Kennedy
The last film to credit Don Simpson, made and released after his untimely demise from drug abuse in 1996 and sticking pretty faithfully to the Simpson/Bruckheimer formula.

Will Smith is an average guy who meets the nasty end of government surveillance when he comes into possession of evidence that implicates a seedy political crime and has to go on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of the formidable tracking abilities of the NSA.

The movie is a protracted chase sequence but an interesting and exciting one. Smith meets and teams up with a reluctant partner, an ex-NSA goon himself in Hackman, who lives a conspiracy-theorists life in an electronic fortress and helps the hero along in his quest.

An all star cast and Smith's luminous leading man charisma help the action along and under director Scott's assured hand (and an understated approach, not the celluloid-as-rave-party aesthetic he'd begin with Man On Fire and the sensory assault that was Domino) it's an accessible and fun movie.

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