An Earthling Soldier crash lands on an alien planet. The guy that he was in a space dogfight with also crashes. They both try to kill each other at first, but end up creating a friendship they never saw coming. That the story behind the 1985 Sci-fi film ENEMY MINE, and that’s my Flashback Friday for today.
Dennis Quaid is Willis Davidge, the hotshot pilot that thinks he’s a match for anyone in the galaxy. Louis Gossett Jr. is Jeriba ‘Jerry’ Shigan, the Drax warrior that keeps himself going through his faith. As they realize that they won’t survive the treacherous planet while fighting each other, the pair form a mutual truce that turns into outright friendship. Things really go awry when Jerry tells Davidge that he’s pregnant.
I know what you’re probably asking, “So what does a ‘Mine’ have to do with the whole thing?” Well, there is a mine in the film, like an ore mine that you dig out precious metals and stuff. But that doesn’t come in to the story until the third act. Actually, I’m not even sure why they named the film like that. It is a good backdrop for the climax of the film, but they could have named it something that had more to do with Davidge and Shigan. Either way, even though it was a little slow in places, ENEMY MINE wasn’t a bad film at all. It’s not a 10, but it’s worth renting. Louis Gossett Jr. was actually excellent in the role of a spiritual warrior alien.
ENEMY MINE was a story written by Barry Longyear and adapted by Edward Khmara. For a film with mostly just two actors carrying the action, Wolfgang Petersen did a great job of directing.
For you Geek brothers and sisters that were to young to see this one, or if you just happen to miss it growing up, let me know what you thought of it. And if you did see it back in the day, and it does hold a special place in your little geek heart, tell me how You liked it too.
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