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Enemies Closer (2013)

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Deep within a forest on the U.S.-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.

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Peter Hyams

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Everett Scott ... Henry
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Xander
Orlando Jones ... Clay
Linzey Cocker ... Kayla
Christopher Robbie Christopher Robbie ... Sanderson
Zachary Baharov ... Saul (as Zahari Baharov)
Dimo Alexiev Dimo Alexiev ... Morris
Kris Van Damme ... Francois
Vlado Mihailov Vlado Mihailov ... Jean (as Vladimir Mihailov)
Teodor Tsolov Teodor Tsolov ... Eto (as Teodor Tzolov)
Hristo Mitzkov Hristo Mitzkov ... Wooton
Ryan Spike Dauner Ryan Spike Dauner ... Spota (as Ryan Dauner - Spike)
Jonas Talkington Jonas Talkington ... I.C.E. Leader
Paul Jenkins Paul Jenkins ... I.C.E. Agent #1
Atanas Srebrev ... I.C.E. Agent #2
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Storyline

Forest ranger and Ex-Navy SEAL Henry is forced by the drug cartel to help retrieve a major shipment of drugs which went missing on the US-Canadian border. While in the woods, he runs into a man who has a vendetta against him, but both men must struggle to escape the forest and defeat the cartel, while at odds and at knife's edge with each other. Written by Anon

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Keep your friends close.

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aliança Mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Edited by Peter Hyams' son John Hyams. John had previously directed Jean-Claude Van Damme in Universal Solider: Regeneration (2009) (which Peter had served as Director of Photography), Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning (2012) and Dragon Eyes (2012). See more »

Goofs

The "Royal Canadian Mounted Police" do not wear the classic red serge jackets, that's only for special events and even there there's only a handful of them. The "mounties" on duty in the movie should be wearing normal police style uniforms in dark colors. The production had the uniforms completely wrong and almost comedic. See more »

Quotes

Xander: [examining up a wild berry up close] I wasn't aware you grew in this park.
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Connections

References The Untouchables (1987) See more »

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Fun movie fueled by Van Damme's unhinged performance
26 January 2014 | by mikesblastSee all my reviews

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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