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Enemies Closer 2014 R CC

3.5 out of 5 stars (80) IMDb 5.2/10

Deep within a forest on the US-Canadian border, two sworn enemies must work together to escape a ruthless drug cartel hell-bent on retrieving a drug shipment which went missing there.

Starring:
Tom Everett Scott, Jean-Claude Van Damme
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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By Michael K. Giaimo on January 26, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Finally watched this. I enjoyed it. The highlight is easily JC's performance, which is one of his best in my opinion. His villain is so wacky and over the top...almost like he was channeling Klaus Kinski or something. Another plus the movie had going for it was the pacing. Once it gets going, it doesn't slow down at all. It almost goes by too fast since it's only 85 minutes. Something I was kind of surprised with was how much JC was actually in it. I mean, this felt like a Van Damme movie! Not just a minute of screen time here and there. He 100% felt like the lead to me. I didn't mind Tom Everett Scott at all. Yeah, his character was a bit of a pussy and he isn't the first actor you would think of for an action role but it was just nice seeing a familiar Hollywood face...and acting wise, I thought he was fine. I would take him as a co star any day of the week over a Randy Couture type. Same goes for Orlando Jones. Everyone else, with the exception of the old guy that lived in the cabin, is a typical generic JCVD direct-to-video co star.

Production wise, I really liked the night time shooting. It hid the tiny budget pretty damn well and it just looked cool in general, I thought. The movie did have a few flaws that were annoying. For starters, Kris Van Varenberg was completely miscast and unconvincing as usual and every time that Linzey Cocker opened her mouth I wanted to hang myself! Also, some of the doubling was overly visible in some shots which is always irritating.

Overall, it may have been a bit of a let down considering that Peter Hyams gave us two of JC's best, but Enemies Closer is still WORLDS better than most other recent JCVD movies. It's a fun little action flick and I could easily re-watch it. 3.25/5
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Man I hate that Van Damme has to get old; I remember seeing him for the first time in "Bloodsport" and how ridiculously good-looking the guy was combined with his unique, almost gravity-defying style of martial arts that made him such a phenomenal action star.

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)
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Director Peter Hyams is responsible for some of my most guilty pleasures when it comes to movies. I’ve enjoyed many of his films over the years, including OUTLAND with Sean Connery, 2010, TIMECOP, THE RELIC, and A SOUND OF THUNDER. So when I heard he was teaming up with Jean-Claude Van Damme again for this film, I couldn’t wait to see it. And sure enough, Hyams once again does not disappoint. ENEMIES CLOSER is a fast-paced thriller that is full of dark humor and intense action.

As an 80’s teen, I am so glad to see Van Damme back onscreen. Granted, he’s older, but it’s still fun seeing him in action, much like seeing Stallone and Schwarzenegger. These action icons may age, but they can still kick ass!

ENEMIES CLOSER is shot well and looks great onscreen. There are not many special effects, but we do get some nice gore when homemade traps kill a couple of unsuspecting bandits. The sets look superb, and I am particularly impressed with how the production team made their Louisiana filming location look like the U.S./Canadian border.

The acting is pretty good, about what you would expect from an action flick. Tom Everett Scott actually does a good job with this serious role (I expect tongue-in-cheek performances from him for the most part, but he does not go that route here), as does Orlando Jones. Jones surprised me, for I’ve only seen him do comedy…seeing him in such a dark persona is a nice change of pace. But Van Damme steals the show as the poofy-haired, psychotic leader of the drug bandits. I’ve never seen him in a role like this, but he pulls it off with ease. With a bit of pitch humor and a nice dose of crazy, Van Damme gives us a perfect villain.

Now…for as much as I liked this film, ENEMIES CLOSER does have a couple of issues.
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I HAVE ENOUGH RESPECT FOR THE ART OF VAN DAMMAGE TO GIVE HIM A 5 STAR FOR HIS BAD GUY MAJOR ROLE #2 APART FROM (THE EXPENDABLES 2) HES NEVER PLAYED THE BAD GUY,,,VILLIAN IN A STARRRRING ROLE ..except for some of his first acting in low,...real low budget films from the early 80s
i think this is his niche for the time..., hes just 2 cool for school and still.... NO one moves like the THE MAN even his ground game is just amazing ....this movie is different,,,van damms hair is is hairilous!!! his outfit aka uniform,well uhh,he looks like a clown,,,but heres the gig ...he knows it! his character in this film is like a French Canadian JOKER... and uhh well hes nuts and diggs it !!!
The movie has a good plot ,,,the pace is good ...the production and supporting cast are great,,ITS A GOOD MOVIE :)
FOR ME ITS 5 STAR VAN DAMMAGE ...HES NO MOUNTY..... JUST A REALL FUNNY LITTLE MAN...in this 5 star flick!!!!
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