- Director: Sonia Kennebeck
- Writer: Ines Hofmann Kanna
- Producer: Ines Hofmann Kanna
A masterclass in...how NOT to make a documentary!
There's a money-shot in every film [well, there ought to be]...Enemies of the State had that shot...but, [stupidly] let it slip through their fingers. Simply because the accused, charged, convicted and condemned subject didn't turn up for the concluding [and the-making-of-the-film] interview. An important lesson...get your money shot in-the-bag...then, make the rest of the film!
Perhaps...Matt Dehart saw how the filmmaker had depicted his and - wisely - chose not to partake...this being the only wise decision he has ever made in his lifetime...killing the film, stone-dead, in the process.
This is a muddled story about a young man with the delusion of becoming the next Julian Assange...he really does go about it in the wrong way [if, indeed, there is a right way]. Similar to his whistle-blowing guru, criminal sexual allegations were made...with Dehart, it was child pornography [which he later pleaded guilty to] and, as this film reveals, allegations of grooming young boys!
His parents and conspiracy theorists stand by him...he had the opportunity to tell his side of his story, to set the record straight...he refused at the very last minute. Some would call that cowardly rather than the practice of an agent provocateur.
Ignorantia juris non excusat - ignorance of the law is no defence...neither is silence. One thing is sure, Matt Dehart needs professional help...this film will offer him neither help nor respite.
Having said all this...it is a fascinating and terrifying film...for all the wrong reasons.
An American family becomes entangled in a bizarre web of secrets and lies when their hacker son is targeted by the U.S. government, making them all ENEMIES OF THE STATE.