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After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the US-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy SEAL Henry 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, 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.
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It's fairly obvious that "Enemies Closer" has relatively higher production values than some of Jean-Claude's other films and I especially enjoyed the addition of Orlando Jones as the vengeful brother however I definitely wasn't buying the forest ranger/slacker/central hero and for me it's a little annoying that B-movies tend to substitute expletive's for about 20% of all dialogue (keeps down the script overhead no doubt). Although Jean-Claude does use that signature, cocky swagger and sleepy eyes to excellent effect as a villain, the whole vegetarian militant environmentalist drug-lord persona is a little James Bond villain and more annoying than endearing and may I say that whoever decided on giving him the Ronald McDonald hair-style shoulda been fired from the outset.
Van Damme may never be nominated for an Oscar but he is and always has been a performer of the first order and so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend giving this one a rent, for fans anyway. :o)
It's nice to still see Van Damme in a movie, however, and the cinematography is always nice. The film does have a bit of a lower budget feel, but not enough to pan it. So, it's mixed with both good and bad attributes.
This movie, like The Expendables II, places Van Damme in a very different role of antagonist - and this may be hard for groupies to swallow, given his generally likable and boyish character. But here we see a crazy, disheveled and nearly maniacal villain, which I found quite well portrayed. His fighting skills are style excellent and he has incorporated the modern MMA phenomenon into various scenes also.
The difficulty with Van Damme being the "bad guy" in a movie, is you so want him to be the good guy. And in this movie, he is clearly the better actor, and the protagonist barely on par with soap opera material. The storyline is fairly clear and easy to follow, but there does remain an interesting twist which I will not spoil for you.
Overall, worth watching - because the fighting is good and Van Damme plays a really good, crazed/neurotic individual.