Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Peter Hyams|
|Produced by||Moshe Diamant
|Screenplay by||Eric Bromberg
|Starring||Jean-Claude Van Damme
Tom Everett Scott
Kristopher Van Varenberg
|Music by||Tony Morales|
|Editing by||John Hyams|
|Studio||After Dark Films
|Running time||85 minutes|
Enemies Closer is an American/Canadian action thriller film directed and photographed by Peter Hyams, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tom Everett Scott and Orlando Jones. It is Hyams' third directorial collaboration with Van Damme, following 1994's Timecop and 1995's Sudden Death.
Forest ranger and Ex-Navy SEAL Henry (Tom Everett Scott) is forced by a local drug cartel led by Xander (Jean-Claude Van Damme) to help retrieve a major shipment of drugs which went missing on the US-Canadian border. While in the woods, he runs into Clay (Orlando Jones), who has a vendetta against him. However, both men must struggle to escape the forest and defeat the cartel, while at odds and at knife's edge with each other.
- Jean-Claude Van Damme as Xander
- Tom Everett Scott as Henry
- Orlando Jones as Clay
- Kristopher Van Varenberg as Francois
- Linzey Cocker as Kayla
- Zahari Baharov as Saul
The movie received mixed-to-positive reception. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a "fresh" score of 75% based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10 with no consensus as of yet. Metacritic gave the film a weighted average metascore of 49/100, based on 9 reviews, indicating mixed or average reviews. Most of the praise was focused on the action scenes and Van Damme's over-the-top performance, while criticism was directed towards the poor dialogue, the poor acting by the leading cast and the plot.
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