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  • Summary: After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the US-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy SEAL Henry (Tom Everett Scott) is plunged into survival mode when the drug cartel forces him to help retrieve the downed package. Trapped in the wilderness with no communication to theAfter a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the US-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy SEAL Henry (Tom Everett Scott) is plunged into survival mode when the drug cartel forces him to help retrieve the downed package. Trapped in the wilderness with no communication to the outside world, Henry finds himself face to face with Clay (Orlando Jones), a man with a personal vendetta against Henry who has returned for retribution. Now, the two mortal enemies must make a choice: put aside their past and work together, or die alone at the hands of the drug runners, a ruthless gang who will stop at nothing to retrieve their lost cargo. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jan 22, 2014
    75
    Enemies Closer finds Hyams senior and his screenwriters, Eric and James Bromberg, channeling Lynch and Mark Frost’s TV series "Twin Peaks," mixing bizarro characterizations and woodland intrigue with wholesome national imagery.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Jan 21, 2014
    70
    Enemies Closer captures the feel of action flicks of yore -- unsurprising, given that some of them were directed by Hyams himself -- in a way that only limited-release and straight-to-video titles seem allowed to these days (aside from the latest Riddick, that is).
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jan 24, 2014
    63
    Jean-Claude Van Damme, whose work as the villain in Enemies Closer is the only reason to see this film.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jan 23, 2014
    60
    An unremarkable but entirely serviceable action quickie.
  5. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jan 23, 2014
    50
    Van Damme’s an arresting presence in his old age... His performance is a wonder, showcasing a man who has never found his physical equal, and how amuses himself by telling stories that ultimately mock opponents.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Jan 23, 2014
    50
    Too bad no one else in Enemies Closer can match Van Damme’s oddball charisma.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jan 19, 2014
    12
    JCVD may not say it best, but he does say it aptly, when his manically cartoonish baddie caps one murder with the assertion that "shit happens."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 25, 2014
    6
    Enemies Closer is your typical cliche movie, with half-decent performances by its leads and a weak direction by Peter Hyams. However, the onlyEnemies Closer is your typical cliche movie, with half-decent performances by its leads and a weak direction by Peter Hyams. However, the only reason I give it a 6 is because of the gory and very satisfying action scenes and Van Damme's surprisingly good performance as Xander, the over-the-top baddie.

    Definitely give it a rental.
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  2. chw
    Aug 21, 2014
    5
    Enemies Closer is almost like A Good Day to Die Hard, but what makes it like A Good Day to Die Hard is actually detailed than just revealed. IEnemies Closer is almost like A Good Day to Die Hard, but what makes it like A Good Day to Die Hard is actually detailed than just revealed. I also have to say it has the worst casting. Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a French-Canadian RCMP, and it takes place in a park located near the US-Canadian border, even though the movie was filmed in Bulgaria. Expand
  3. Aug 14, 2014
    4
    Among the bad acting, poor pacing, and overly familiar plot (of course the main character has a military training background) there is goodAmong the bad acting, poor pacing, and overly familiar plot (of course the main character has a military training background) there is good here in the form of Jean-Claude Van Damme. He's not enough to make the movie worth watching unless you're a hardcore fan of his, but he gives a great performance as the crazy and goofy bad guy.

    The problem here is the predictability. The two heroes who are enemies having to work together to take out a greater threat to both of them plays out exactly as you would expect, and features a completely obvious plot-twist right near the end. Watching the heroes take down their hunters one by one isn't even entertaining thanks to the dull action. Outside of particularly thrilling fight taking place in a tree most of the action scenes are yawn inducing affairs.

    It borrows way too much from better action movies and uses plot element that have been done to death years ago. Van Damme's character might be good, but he needed a better movie to go around it. As it stands I see this as an incredibly skippable movie. Van Damme fans may get a kick out of his performance, but I can't imagine them being too thrilled with the rest of the movie. My total score is a 4.3/10-Bad.
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