Enemy director Garth Davis on making the most devastating sci-fi movie ever | Digital trends

The science fiction genre is alive and popular more than ever. Just this past weekend, Gareth Edwards’ original blockbuster the creator It was released in multiplexes across the country, while art films are more loved Monster And poor things It premiered at the 2023 New York Film Festival and received almost universal acclaim. Now more than ever, science fiction speaks to our particular moment in time, when the rise of artificial intelligence technology magnifies universal human concerns about identity, aging, and mortality.

Joining the already crowded genre is a new film Lion Director Garth Davis Enemy. will take place in the near future, Enemy focus on chicken (Lady BirdSaoirse Ronan and Jr.After the sunPaul Mescal), a young working-class couple struggling to make ends meet in central America. Soon, they face a dilemma: Junior is offered the chance to join a prototype space colony, and in his place, an AI replica of him stays with Hen to keep him from getting too lonely. . Soon, Han, Jr., and Jr. are struggling with feelings of love, fear, and mistrust, and things quickly fall apart.

In a conversation with Davis, I asked him what made him adapt Enemywhy artificial intelligence seems to be a major concern in cinema these days, and how his film is different and surprisingly more promising than other dystopian sci-fi films out there right now.

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Digital Trends: Garth, you’ve mentioned in previous interviews what drew you to adaptability Enemy The attraction was internal and external. How did you strike that balance between addressing the state of marriage and also depicting the state of the planet in the near future?

Garth Davis: The architecture of it, connecting the personal to something as big as climate change, is what really excited me. Because if you get it right, there can be a spirituality in storytelling. You can feel something that is not in words. There is something beneath the surface of the film where you feel a deep connection with us on this planet. You find all these lovely rhythms in the actions of the main characters that mirror the actions of the planet.

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I guess what I’m really proud of in the film is that we do all the things we need to do to move the story forward. But what comes out of its making is something very cinematic and special and completely spiritual. It was a tremendous challenge that inspired everyone on the film, from the actors to the cinematographer and myself, and it influenced every choice we made. We were serving this great mystery while also tapping into and applying these deep emotional and allegorical connections that are just below the surface.

Artificial intelligence has appeared in many films recently the creator To Monster to the latest Mission: Impossible movie, Dead Reckoning episode 1. Why do you think it is a hot topic for movies right now and how? Enemy Add to that conversation?

With Enemy, I use AI to show how Han explores his marriage in a really interesting way. We didn’t set out to make a movie about artificial intelligence, but it allowed us to really explore a relationship in a way that you wouldn’t normally be able to. I think that’s what was so exciting for us.

Also, AI raises questions about ethics, our responsibility to things that are sensitive, and our responsibility to ourselves and our relationships. So there are a lot of common threads that really emerge because the AI ​​is kind of at the center of the story and it speaks to that spiritual level of consciousness and love.

Furthermore, the global warming aspect of the story reflects the ticking clock and the sense of urgency Hen feels throughout the film. At one point EnemyJunior asks if he’s afraid of dying, and Hen says that he’s only afraid of dying if he’s not ready. He doesn’t want to grow old and realize that he misses his life, that he didn’t live it the way he wanted to.

I’m well aware that bleak, dystopian futures are overdone in science fiction, but I just thought this was something that was very imminent. I feel that we will deal with these issues sooner. This will be the reality of our way of life.

A man and a woman lie in bed in Foe.
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Did you look to other sci-fi movies of the past for inspiration? Or even non-genre movies like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?which takes a similar no-holds-barred approach to examining a vulnerable marriage?

Safe. As I go through my life, I am gathering inspiration and stories. I guess there are things that move me. I used to refer more when I was younger, but now I don’t really. Maybe it’s a painting or maybe it’s something else or a life experience that inspires me.

but yeah Virginia Woolf It was definitely something I brought up [during filming]. I love the kind of movies where the performances are so loud and alive and imperfect and brave. I would encourage the actors to remember those kinds of classic performances. With EnemyI really had the opportunity to kind of bring back all those elements of classic cinema that I grew up with and loved when I was younger.

Now everything seems very contrived, like everything was completely decided before it was made. In a sense, when you see it on screen, it’s not alive because someone has already figured out what it is. Yes, you have to make a lot of choices beforehand, but for me, when I go to a set, I want to witness something special, something that happens in that moment, something that I didn’t plan or even imagine. I did. Its conceptualization

EnemyIt’s very difficult to talk about the story in detail, but I imagine it was more complicated for the actors in how they created their performances. What was your process like helping Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal, who play Hen and Jr.?

It was probably one of the most challenging things I’ve done, but also one of the most exciting. There are two realities in the film: the reality is what the audience sees for the first time, and then the true reality of the story, which gradually unfolds throughout the film.

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Because of this duality, it influenced the casting. It also affected the way the scenes were presented. So, for example, when an actor turns away from someone, he has the ability to reveal a secret to the audience that is not seen by the other actors. With my cinematographer, Mátyás Erdély, we asked ourselves what is the most exciting way to position the camera to suggest something that is not actually happening and to give the audience the impression that they do not know what is happening.

Enemy It differs from other dystopian sci-fi films in that it ends on a hopeful note. What would you like your film to say to the audience that sees it?

I want to wake people up and not take themselves or anything else for granted because they might lose it. We need to evolve, but we need to evolve in meaningful ways, and we need to think about it Direction We evolve and change. Enemy Finally, he says that stagnation in any form is a form of death. If we don’t change about global warming, the planet will die. If we do not evolve in our relationships, these relationships will also perish. Those themes are very suitable for me in the story.

Enemy It is now playing in cinemas across the country.

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