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  • Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: March 11 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HODLW3U

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By trek fan on March 17 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
“I love this movie” Van Damme look like he was really crazy for the part,he played it to a tee,
it has a good story to it,when you see the opening I’m sure you’ll figure out the premise of the
movie,there is two stories to this,and one neat surprised as well,”Enemies Closer”is what it is.
what I like about it is,one story has nothing to do with the other,the two just happen to meet at a bad time,
it’s Action filled to the brim,I will not bother myself or even bring myself to a new low,as to
what Van Damme, has done in the past,who gives a rats-ass, isn't it good to have friends,
I am sure when someone cut you off on the high-way,or anywhere,the first thing you say,oh thank you.
would you like to be my friend let’s go have a drink.
2.35:1 Widescreen.
Runtime 85 min.
5.1 Dolby Surround.
Action Galore and More Action...
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By Dia on June 21 2014
Format: DVD
What was Jean-Claude Van Damme thinking? He makes his first appearance in a red Royal Canadian Mountie dress uniform with cloth shoes because he is a vegan and won't wear leather. And his blond, curly hair is fluffed all up and my first thought was, you clown. I think that's what he was going for. He doesn't believe in using guns because it harms the environment so he karate kicks and kung fu punches his way to the point of strangling his opponent with his bare hands or feet. And he stops in the middle of the night chases to savor the taste of a wild straw berry. Then, of course, there is the plot of the movie which is very slow at the beginning but gets very interesting very fast in no time at all. Some drugs go down in a plane into the water between the borders of USA and Canada. Jean-Claude wants them now. A Forest Ranger on the Canadian side meets an ex-con who wants to kill him. Why? And why is Jean-Claude (I forget his character's name) so crazy-like. And why does the forest ranger prefer to be completely alone on this island. There is one other person on the island and he is an ornery old coot and very personable. The answers come to you during the course of the movie. There is action, intrigue and just for that one night the forest ranger (who got the ex-con's brother killed) and the ex-con have to put off their feud and work together to take down and take out Jean-Claude and his cohorts. There is also a woman involved. Watch the movie. Find out why the characters behave as they do. Listen to what Jean-Claude says about his grandmother, and why the ex-con was a con, and why the ranger wants to be completely alone. And what does happen with the drugs. It is all there. Enjoy.
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By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 14 2014
Format: DVD
Enemies Closer(released in Dec/13)stars among others,Jean-Claude Van Damme,Tom Everett Scott,Orlando Jones,Kristopher Van Varenberg and Linzey Cocker.Van Damme's "epic split"commercial for Volvo was filmed while this was on the verge of being released.Mr.Van Damme has made some very decent films in recent times such as Wake of Death,JCVD,Six Bullets and Assassination Games.We also can't forget his appearance in The Expendables Two.He has also made some mediocre to bad films such as Derailed,Dragon Eyes,Second in Command and his worst,the two sequels to Universal Soldier,which continue to mutate into entities that no where near resemble the originals in any way ,shape or form.Having said that,will Mr.Van Damme's recent reinvigorated career courtesy of Volvo influence the parts and quality of films he is offered?....one can only hope.
The story here involves a ranger(Scott) on one Kings Island,somewhere just south of the US-Canadian border.Scott is an ex forces soldier/diver who has taken the lonely ranger job to straighten his mind out after his experiences over there.A plane,unbeknownst to the ranger, makes a death plunge into the water near the island.Then he is visited by Jones who is an ex con and brother to a soldier who got killed in Scott's platoon.His idea is to take revenge out on him for his brothers death.As Jones and Scott stand near the water's edge a bright light from a boat shines on the pair.Behind the light is Xander(Van Damme)and his posse,which includes his son Kris.The plane that came down was loaded with 50 bags of heroin and he is there to retrieve it.
Xander is a true psycho path and will stop at nothing,including killing his own men,to get the drugs.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Fun action movie fueled by an unhinged performance from Van Damme Jan. 26 2014
By Michael K. Giaimo - Published on Amazon.com
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
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Van Damme plays a great villian March 11 2014
By Matthew Scott Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
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. These aren’t flaws with the film itself, but more like things that annoyed me from a personal standpoint. For example, I am still confused as to why Tom Everett Scott was cast as an ex-Navy SEAL, not to mention why his character is such a wuss in the fight scenes. I mean, a SEAL should be able to take down an assailant who has no military training fairly easily, I would think…right? My other complaint is how some parts of the fight scenes were shot with shadows, so as to disguise Van Damme’s stunt double. I know, I know…he IS older, like I mentioned…but this aspect made ME feel old.

Still, don’t take my griping as a reason not to see this film. I recommend giving this one a shot, especially if you’re a child of 80s culture like me. In addition to taking a trip down memory lane, you might just gain new respect for an aging action veteran and his continuing career. ENEMIES CLOSER is available today in a variety of formats.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
More like Jean-Claude Goshdarnit these days Feb. 8 2014
By The Wiz - Published on Amazon.com
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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)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Van Damme Carries the movie in his twisted villain role Jan. 29 2014
By Matthew - Published on Amazon.com
Enemies Closer opens with a drug plane crashing in a lake on an island on the US/Canadian border. The cartel that the drugs belong to sends Xander (Jean Claude Van Damme) and his henchmen to island that the lake is apart of to retrieve them. They run into two people on the island who at first they must eliminate as witnesses and later must capture as they become pivotal to completing the mission.

Tom Everett Scott and Orlando Jones play the two people still on the island and as an added twist, they play two people who are trying to kill each other on the island when the cartel tries to kill them both, forcing them to work together. Scott plays Henry; an ex-Navy SEAL who became a Forrest Ranger on the island, which is also a nature preserve, after a mission in Afghanistan went bad and he lost a friend. Jones plays Clay; the ex-con brother of the man Henry lost who sneaked onto the island to kill Henry in revenge. They are in the middle of their own battle when Xander and his guys stumble across them.

Jones is fine as the disgruntled brother but Scott is badly miscast as Henry. Henry is supposed to be this bad ass Navy SEAL, but their is just something completely wimpish about the way Scott plays the role. It doesn't help that Henry gets beaten up several times during the movie, despite being an ex-Navy SEAL commander. Van Damme just kills as the bad guy in the movie. He's a drug runner with crazy hair and a vegan environmentalist outlook.

The story is good enough though the action is weak, unless its JCVD fighting. Van Damme just dives right into the ridiculousness of the character, even killing someone in the movie for doing something that harms the environment. Its an all time classic performance especially if your a fan of his. The movie goes downhill anytime Scott has to act like an action hero cause he's just not believable and it has a really cheesy scene where an old man decides to pull a Butch and Sundance. The ending is good and even gives Van Damme the best moment of the movie to ham it up. A step below Van Damme's more recent straight to DVD movies (Universal Soldier Regeneration, JCVD etc.) but still an good movie to watch.

The movie lost a star because of some weak action scenes as well as Scott's bad performance but more importantly, it lost another star because of the horrible video quality of the stream. The movie couldn't go one minute without pausing and at one point it was happening every other second. I hit paused and waited a half hour to let the movie download more but it didn't work either and it just kept happening. It was annoying but eventually I learned to deal with it. But it turned a movie that was about 80 minutes long into a two and a half hour long movie. It was so bad Amazon gave me a refund because of the bad quality.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"[Damn] gasoline! I knew it would ruin everything!" July 5 2014
By Mike Sehorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
While his son John has been contributing to Jean-Claude Van Damme's career for the last few years, Peter Hyam has been making fewer and fewer movies in the new millennium, with his output becoming noticeably meager shortly after directing Van Damme during the height of his mainstream fame. Quite unexpectedly, Hyam Sr. now joins Van Damme in the rungs of low budget filmmaking, making his direct-to-video debut with a surprisingly cool movie. "Enemies Closer" is not a conventional JCVD vehicle, but it is a pretty effective action-adventure outing that's definitely better than many may have expected.

The story: a soldier-turned-park ranger (Tom Scott, An American Werewolf in Paris) is confronted by an ex-con seeking deadly retribution for a past wrong (Orlando Jones, Evolution). At the same time, a team of drug runners led by a madman (Van Damme) seek a lost load of heroin. When the two groups collide, enemies will have to become allies to survive the night.

I'm not going to talk about anyone else's dramatic performance, because it's fair to say that Van Damme blows everyone else in the movie out of the water in this field. Van Damme, the guy who critics still say can't act, is nothing short of mesmerizing here. The combination of a script that really panders to his character and Jean-Claude's untethered enthusiasm makes for easily his most memorable performance since JCVD, and sees him finally throwing off the dark-and-brooding persona he's portrayed for the last ten movies or so just to have a ball playing a murderous nutcase. "Xander" espouses vegan philosophy and always has time for nature, freely switches between French and English, laughs gleefully in the face of impending explosions, and does weird things like killing people with CD shards. This is the kind of villainous role that you might expect his cohort Dolph Lundgren to play, but Jean-Claude excels regardless of expectations. If he can deliver half of this level of energy in his future films, it'll be worth becoming a fan all over again.

Now that I'm done gushing over the lead villain, know that the rest of the movie is pretty good, too. Veteran director Hyams makes the most of a small budget by setting the picture in a naturally aesthetic setting (the forest/lake area, convincingly looking like Canada) and focusing his resources on making the movie look as professional and decisively un-DTV as possible. He succeeds, too, save for a few unnecessary speed-ups of footage. The script is sound, albeit perhaps not as dramatic as it wants to be (see most of the scenes between Scott and Jones) and features at least couple physical feats that might be described as superhuman (e.g. walking on an impaled leg). The action content is ample, and appreciatively heavy on hand-to-hand fighting: there are maybe two or three shootouts and eleven brawls - the most fights seen in a Van Damme film since The Quest. These matches are hit & miss, albeit heavier on the former, with little pure karate and more grappling, choreographed well enough. My favorite fight belongs not to Jean-Claude, but to Tom Scott and lead henchman Zahary Baharov (Universal Soldier: Regeneration).

At a slim 85 minutes, this is also the shortest movie Van Damme has been in for a while, but this allows it to be pretty streamlined and to-the-point, with next to no superfluous scenes beyond some character-establishing ones. There's a decent amount of gore, no doubt due to After Dark Films' roots in the horror genre, but not enough to put off the squeamish.

"Enemies Closer" is a good example of the creativity offered by the DTV genre. There is no way that Jean-Claude Van Damme would have made this film during his mainstream career, so it's cool that he's using the relative freedom of lower budgets to play new roles. And regardless of whether Peter Hyams is able to return to Hollywood features, it's good to know that he can definitely hold his own on the non-cinematic circuit. Buy this one!

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