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Enemies Closer (2013/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

Picture: A- Sound: B+ Extras: B Main Program: B+

When a shipment of drugs goes missing on a remote island between U.S and Canadian border, local forest ranger Henry (Tom Everett Scott) finds himself caught between a man who wants to kill him and drug runners who needs his help to retrieve the drugs. Outnumbered, out gunned and with no communication with the outside world he goes into survival mode. He and his would be killer must aside their differences if both of them is to survive the night in Peter Hyams' Enemies Closer (2013).

Henry is also an ex-special force ranger trying to make peace with his past until the past comes looking for him with revenge on his mind, a man who blames the death of his brother on him, but their 'reunion' is interrupted when a group of drug runners is after a lost shipment of heroin. The drug runners lead by a vegan psycho killer named Xander (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and needs Henry's help to find the drugs. Both men knowing as soon as they get the drugs they are dead men, they temporary set aside their differences and must work together, as they work together Henry faces his past and explains what happened to him and man's dead brother.

For an action film, Van Damme was more comical than anything else, a crazy vegan Frenchman psycho killer that can't use guns, that alone made it worth watching at least once (oh how the mighty has fallen). It had its fair share of action and shooting of guns, but there was nothing new or surprising about the plot, you could see where it was going, good guy must defeat drug runners with guerilla tactics.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer looks as good as this kind of release ever will thanks in part to Hyams' great eye for cinema, almost matched by its solid DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix, showing Hyams knows how to make a thriller work. Extras include making of the film, audio commentary, and digital HD.

- Ricky Chiang


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