After saving his kidnapped young niece from the clutches of a violent drug cartel, Colton MacReady finds himself in the fight of his life when the bloodthirsty lot descends on his remote ranch seeking retribution.
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It's only watchable when it supports what it's made for. Fights. Florentine's seamless, A-grade action coverage is perfectly fluid, on the level of composure of The Raid films, if not as creative, varied, or radiant, taking a relatively observant approach with using different angles of mostly long shots. Otherwise, it's b-grade in its acting and cable television in its telling, but you know what you're getting.
Scott Adkins and director Isaac Florentine almost single-handedly raised the bar for low-budget action cinema with efforts like "Undisputed III" and "Ninja II." Disappointingly, "Close Range" feels like a throwback to when these kinds of movies revolved around a static location and moved at a snail's pace. It's difficult to reward a film solely for having topnotch action scenes when a script is this poorly conceived.