I’m pretty grateful for The Expendables 2 arriving last year. Because if anything, it’s taught me that Jean Claude Van Damme should have broken out of his good guy role movies years ago. We’ve already got one film starring the Bloodsport legend that happens to be a departure from his usual fare, in which he stretches his comedy chops in Welcome to the Jungle.
And in Enemies Closer, he’s slipping his black hat on once again to terrorise some former army rangers who happen to have a grudge to settle.
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. Trapped in the wilderness with no communication to the outside world, Henry finds himself face to face with Clay, 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 the drug runners, a ruthless gang who will stop at nothing to retrieve their lost cargo.
As usual, I’m digging the fact that JCVD is playing against his usual action movie stereotype. Evidently, that Volvo advert split more than his infamous thighs, as he sports the kind of haircut and mania that only a crazy drug runner can pull off. And honestly, there’s nothing more frightening than JCVD in a mountie outfit trying to kill you. Plus you’ve got Orlando Jones, who finally gets a chance to be more than just the usual funny black guy in a movie, looking downright lethal as the pissed off Clay and the chip on his shoulder.
Enemies Closer is out next year January, and is directed by Peter Hyams.
Last Updated: November 27, 2013