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21 Ratings

Enemies Closer

Directed by Peter Hyams
Canada, United States, 2013
Action, Thriller


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.

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Enemies Closer Directed by Peter Hyams
Though Enemies Closer is refreshing in its minimal aspirations and lack of self-seriousness, one might still leave the film wishing for some better-composed action… Still, at least there’s Van Damme, appearing more youthfully agile than ever despite having at least 20-odd years on most of the actors surrounding him. Dyed-in-the-wool JCVD acolytes may be gratified to know that there is still genuine excitement left in seeing this distinctive action star perform.
January 24, 2014
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[Van Damme’s] work as the villain in “Enemies Closer” is the only reason to see this film—unless you’re also a devotee of Hyams’ son John, who edited the picture and has carved out his own notable career as an action stylist… At times his work here suggests the action star version of a late-period Marlon Brando performance, wherein the performer’s evident inability to give a damn got folded into the character, making him seem more special than he might have otherwise.
January 24, 2014
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The younger Hyams’ Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning betrayed a noticeable David Lynch influence; at times, it played like a Lost Highway for the action-buff set. Similarly, 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.
January 23, 2014
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