Flash Movie Review: Enemies Closer

Imagine you are at a party or nightclub and you strike up a conversation with someone. The two of you have been making an easy flow of chitchat but all of a sudden they say something that strikes you as being a bit odd. You are not sure how to react; should you chuckle, nod your head or ask them what they mean? The expression on their face does not help you; they still have that sliver of a smile. So you decide to let it pass and continue talking on. But then it happens again and you feel uncomfortable because what they said could be taken one of two ways. If you felt they meant the first option then it would be appropriate to snicker. However, the 2nd way would make them appear sexist; so, what do you do? You ask them and they say it was a joke; they were trying to be funny. There is nothing wrong with showing one’s humorous side, heaven knows I try to all the time; but if your target audience does not know your style of humor or your intentions, then the joke is lost on them. Well this is exactly how I felt watching this movie. I could not tell if this was supposed to be a satire or the director Peter Hyams (Timecop, End of Days) was  really trying to make an action thriller. After all these years Peter re-teamed with Jean-Claude Van Damme (Double Impact, Bloodsport) who played Xander, an unmerciful drug dealer. Reaching the US-Canadian border to retrieve a drug shipment Xander came across forest ranger Henry, played by Tom Evertt Scott (Parental Guidance, That Thing You Do!), who was in the middle of a fight with ex-con Clay, played by Orlando Jones (Drumline, Evolution). How would Henry survive and do his job if he only had enemies around him? I am at a loss for words because I seriously did not get this film. Not one to question someone wanting to continue working, I would love to know why Jean-Claude felt this role was meant for him. He looked and acted like a sideshow clown from a traveling carnival. His body double was obvious in the fight scenes. Granted the fight scenes were not bad in this film, but I thought the acting was horrible. The script was not that much better. I wish I knew if this movie was supposed to be a joke because I would have written a different review. As it stands now I really have nothing good to say. There were several scenes that had blood and violence.


1 2/3 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 7, 2014, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I watched a trailer for some new Kevin Costner action film the other day. It’s like all of the male moviestars from the 80’s and 90’s suddenly want to revive their careers and I’m blaiming Liam Neeson. At some point we all have to realize that the glory days are gone but for action stars, it seems that realization takes a bit longer than it should.

    • How true; I just do not get it. There is nothing wrong to act one’s age and dig deeper into choosing movie roles. BTW, did you happen to see my review of Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale? I thought of you while watching this wild film.

      • I did and I would like to watch it but due to it being in a foreign language, I am dissueded to do so. I find that when a film is subtitled that I spend more time reading than watching. I will elaborate on my reasons for this in my own blog as I reach that point in my life.

      • I just want to be clear there were only a few quick scenes where there had to be subtitles. Most of the film is in English.

      • That is good to know. I will check it out then. 🙂

  2. I love watching movies, and I’m not so much into story line, just as long as the movie is funny or scary enough for me, or has a lot of actions, I’m happy… But I agree with you, this one is just plain lousy. The acting is horrible and the story doesn’t make sense at all (reminds me of Zombie night). Some fighting scenes are good, but it does not help at all

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