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The name Peter Hyams may not be the mentioned in the same breath as contemporaries like Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner and Barry Levinson, but this somewhat underappreciated filmmaker is far from a journeyman. During his five decade career he has effortlessly jumping between genres, churning out some entertaining and understated work, his most fruitful period being the 1980’s which saw the likes of Outland, The Presidio, Running Scared and 2010, a brave (and pretty enjoyable) attempt at crafting a sequel from Stanley Kubrick’s seminal work, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Enemies Closer, his first film since the 2009 Michael Douglas-headlining Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, sees him reunited with aging action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme (their two previous films together, Sudden Death and Timecop, are arguably the highlight of the former martial artist’s career). Enemies Closer is a fun, unpretentious B-movie which bears the unmistakable mark of a cinematic craftsman (Hyams, »
- Adam Lowes
Jean-Claude Van Damme is reunited with legendary filmmaker Peter Hyams (Timecop; Sudden Death) for a rare villainous turn even more gleefully deranged than his role in The Expendables 2, with Enemies Closer – out now on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay.
After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the Us-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy Seal Henry is plunged into survival mode when the drug cartel, led by the ruthless killer Xander (Van Damme), forces him to help retrieve the downed package. Trapped in the wilderness with no communication to the outside world, Henry finds himself face to face with Clay (Orlando Jones), a man with a personal vendetta against Henry who has returned for retribution. Now, the two mortal enemies must make a choice: put aside their past and work together, or die alone at the hands of Xander and his ruthless gang who will stop »
- Phil Wheat
Jean-Claude Van Damme is reunited with legendary filmmaker Peter Hyams (Timecop; Sudden Death) for a rare villainous turn in Enemies Closer, which arrived on DVD and Blu-ray here in the UK yesterday, and to celebrate we’ve got a Blu-ray to give away to one of our readers courtesy of Anchor Bay. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
“After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the Us-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy Seal Henry is plunged into survival mode when the drug cartel, led by the ruthless killer Xander (Van Damme), forces him to help retrieve the downed package. Trapped in the wilderness with no communication to the outside world, Henry finds himself face to face with Clay (Orlando Jones), a man with a personal vendetta against Henry who has returned for retribution. Now, the two mortal enemies must make a choice: »
- Gary Collinson
Enemies Closer, 2013.
Directed by Peter Hyams.
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.
Having been given the lead villain role in Expendables 2, and become an internet phenomenon thanks to that fantastic Volvo truck advert, Jean Claude Van Damme may have expected slightly more of a career resurgence in the last year or so. Much like the follow-On from his career best (and what could/should have been redefining) performance in Jcvd, when you expected perhaps one or two big name directors or producers to take a shot on Van Damme, it didn’t quite happen. In the end, on both occasions he merely reverted back to his place as one »
- Gary Collinson
To celebrate the upcoming home-entertainment release of Peter Hyams’ (Timecop, Sudden Death) latest collaboration with Jean-Claude Van Damme – the action thriller Enemies Closer, which is out here in the UK on July 21st – we’ve got an exclusive infographic where you can see how you stack up next to the Muscles from Brussels…
“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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- Gary Collinson
If you've always wanted to see Jean-Claude Van Damme as a French-Canadian Mountie/vegan drug-dealer, then Enemies Closer is the incredibly specific movie for you! It's a must-see film, not because it's that great, but because it's about as crazy a role as Jcvd has ever played. His one-liners are amazing, his antics are worth the price of purchase, and that hair just never quits. Tom Everett Scott and Orlando Jones also star in the Peter Hyams-directed action thriller that's available now on DVD and Blu-ray. Hit the jump for my review. Feature Let me take you to a peaceful, secluded lake somewhere along the U.S.-Canadian border. Forest Ranger Henry (Everett Scott) has relocated here for some relative peace and quiet, and to put some distance between himself and his military past. He picked the wrong lake. After a botched drug transport lands a small plane at »
- Dave Trumbore
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) has a guitar, a dream, and a big orange kitty cat. He's looking for his big break in New York City, but he's too busy being a bit of an aimless schmuck to do anything great. Inspired by the '60s folk scene in Greenwich Village, this comedy/drama has a whole lot of good music performed by stars Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Adam Driver.
Why We're In: The Coen brothers, a fantastic soundtrack produced by T-Bone Burnett, and one cool cat that rides the subway? We're in.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"George Washington" (Criterion Collection)
What's It About? Writer/director David Gordon Green's feature-length debut is about a group of tweens in North Carolina, and the very bad thing we know they did one summer.
- Jenni Miller
Inside Llewyn Davis Inside Llewyn Davis was a hair away from being my #1 Movie of 2013 so, yeah, it's the highest recommendation of the week by a long shot. Here's a snippet from my Top Ten of 2013 write-up: The storytelling in this movie is just so lovely, soft and subtle. It's a film guided by characters that turn left when in most films the story would demand they turn right. As a result they go off on tangents that many will believe unnecessary such as the biggest complaint with this film, the John Goodman sequence. But these are the moments that make up our lives, these are the moments people want to hear about. Our lives aren't made up merely of milestones, but the little things in-between are just as responsible for making us who we are.
Out of The Furnace This isn't a great film, but it's a fascinating one if you look deep enough. »
- Brad Brevet
Most sane people don’t seek out Jean-Claude Van Damme movies for their dramatic depth. That’s like judging an Adam Sandler comedy on how eloquent a critique it offers of the American political system. So, should you sit down to watch Enemies Closer, temper your expectations. If you go in expecting cringeworthy dialogue, ridiculous plot twists, campy acting and enjoyable action sequences, you certainly won’t be disappointed. But if you feel the urge to ask Enemies Closer for anything more, then you’re watching the wrong movie.
As the movie opens, a plane carrying large quantities of heroin crashes into a lake on the Us-Canadian border, drawing the attention of drug dealers lead by the maniacal Xander (Van Damme). Henry (Tom Everett Scott) is a forest ranger and former Navy Seal who lives out by the lake, tending to the park that surrounds it and attempting to forget his past transgressions while enlisted. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Tom Jolliffe on the must-see straight-to-video action films of 2014...
If you’re a little fed up of the never ending stream of remakes, kid friendly PG13 (12A or 15 here) CGI heavy theatrics and Marvel/DC action films that fill up the multiplexes, or you’re no stranger to the unrepentant, simple delights of a bit of straight to video (or Netflix) action, then here is a list of the best to look out for this year.
As big screen action caters more and more for younger audiences, straight to video still largely offers a bit more adult entertainment. What it might lack in big budget thrills it makes up for with F-bombs and gallons of blood (if that’s your thing). As for myself, alongside a steady upbringing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis in the late 80’s and 90’s, I’ve also had more than my share »
- Gary Collinson
A small plane crashes in a lake along the U.S.-Canadian border, and over the next few hours a group of drug-runners led by a militant vegan named Xander (Jean-Claude Van Damme) descend on a nearby island in order to retrieve the cargo. The only things standing in their way are a park ranger named Henry (Tom Everett Scott) and a mysterious visitor named Clay (Orlando Jones) who’s on a mission of revenge. Oh, and Xander’s lack of anything resembling a well thought out plan may also pose a bit of problem. Enemies Closer is a perfectly serviceable, low-budget action picture that is at its best whenever Van Damme is onscreen. He’s channeling Nicolas Cage circa Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans, and he chews his way through every scene with a gleefully manic energy. The bad news though is that scenes without him are slight at best and insufferable at »
- Rob Hunter
Peter Hyams Takes Us Closer
Peter Hyams has been making movies for over forty years. A native New Yorker, Hyams has the distinction of being one of the only directors who also serves as his own cinematographer on his films, a hyphenate that has caused him some controversy among cameramen (see below for more details). After making his mark with such classics as Capricorn One, Outland, The Star Chamber, 2010, and many others, Hyams hasn't slowed down, bringing us his twenty-first feature film. Enemies Closer is a white-knuckle thriller starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as the ruthless (and flamboyant) leader of a drug cartel on a search and destroy mission for his missing cache of product, which sits at the bottom of a lake on the U.S.-Canadian border. Tom Everett Scott plays the U.S. Park Ranger with a murky past who tries to stop him, along »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Directed by Peter Hyams
Jean-Claude van Damme’s first starring role was as a villain: he played a stoic Russian heavy in No Retreat, No Surrender 2, which led to his casting as the hero in Bloodsport, which catapulted him to stardom. Only now, after a career worthy of two or three True Hollywood Stories, has he returned to villainous roles. His Joseph Conrad-inspired turn in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning was impressive, but with the new Enemies Closer, he finally gets in touch with his full-on, utterly insane inner bad guy.
The setup is so simple that the film barely needs any exposition at all: a small plane full of heroin crashes near a Maine island park. Tom Everett Scott plays the park ranger who has to juggle that situation with the problems posed by a mysterious interloper on »
- Mark Young
Why are action movies ashamed to be action movies? It’s as if one day, Hollywood figured they could teach actors how to kick better than they could teach martial artists how to act, turning a legion of would-be dramatic leading men into shit-kickers. The era of Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Willis is over, replaced by the legion of Harry Potters and Percy Jacksons who can stand still as computer generated effects fly from their hands, or the Jason Bournes who can flail and wave their arms around as the camera shakes to create the illusion of violence. In that spirit, there is this weekend’s “Enemies Closer,” which twenty years ago would have starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. The good news is, he’s still in it. The bad news: the movie stars Tom Everett Scott. “Enemies Closer” takes place on King’s Island, a lonely Canadian resort where Everett Scott »
- Gabe Toro
Collider is happy to host an exclusive clip from director Peter Hyams' action-thriller Enemies Closer. Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, the story centers on a missing drug shipment lost on the U.S.-Canada border, and a forest ranger and former Navy Seal who is forced to retrieve it by a ruthless cartel. An additional threat crops up in the wilderness as the ranger encounters a long-lost nemesis, someone he's forced to work with in order to escape the cartel's deadly grasp. Also starring Orlando Jones and Tom Everett Scott, Enemies Closer is available On-Demand and in theaters starting January 24th. Hit the jump to watch the clip. Check out our exclusive clip from Enemies Closer below: Synopsis: After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the Us-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy Seal Henry is plunged into survival mode when the drug cartel forces him to help retrieve the downed package. »
- Dave Trumbore
Jean-Claude Van Damme hams it up cheerfully in a rare villainous turn in “Enemies Closer,” an unremarkable but entirely serviceable action quickie that reunites the Muscles from Brussels with analog action specialist Peter Hyams, who directed Van Damme in two of his better big-studio starring vehicles: “Timecop” (1994) and “Sudden Death” (1995). Save for a considerably lower budget, “Enemies” might well have rolled off the same assembly line, making for a silly yet sturdily crafted time-filler, lacking the shrewd, self-aware qualities of Van Damme’s recent “Jcvd” and “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning” (directed by Hyams’ son, John), but still well above most of the star’s latter-day direct-to-video efforts. Sure to generate less buzz than Van Damme’s recent Volvo commercial, the pic goes out via Lionsgate in limited theatrical and VOD release this Friday.
Sporting a Beethoven-esque mane of poofy, reddish-brown hair, speaking many of his lines in his native French, »
- Scott Foundas
While they've collaborated on several projects, filmmakers John and Peter Hyams's respective approaches to action filmmaking are basically different. Father Peter (Timecop, Sudden Death) emphasizes the importance of a film's screenplay in determining its tone while son John (Dragon Eyes, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) considers editing to be the most crucial stage of a film's development. In time for the release of Enemies Closer, a new film directed by Peter and edited by John, the Voice talked to the Hyamses about working with star Jean-Claude Van Damme, using gore to establish a film's complex tone, and comparing Paul Greengrass–style shaky-cam to Par »
Van Damme showed himself to be the most versatile and introspective of action stars in the self-reflexive Jcvd, and as an eco-friendly drug-runner who calls guns "bad for the environment" and stops to admire a rare kind of strawberry while hunting down an ex-military park ranger (Tom Everett Scott), he's as vibrant as ever.
Along with Orlando Jones, an aggrieved x-factor who's got a bone of his own to pick with Scott, the three make for a surprisingly formidable trio. Enemies Closer captures the feel of action flicks of yore -- unsurprising, given that some of them were directed by Hyams himself -- »
18 items from 2014
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