ACTION

‘Enemies Closer’: The ’90s are back | 2 stars

Updated: 2014-01-22T20:36:05Z

Rated R | Time: 1:25

Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme and director Peter Hyams haven’t collaborated on a movie since the 1990s (“Timecop,” “Sudden Death”). Now they reunite for more bare-knuckle action in “Enemies Closer.”

Tom Everett Scott is an ex-military park ranger on the Canadian border who has gotten on the wrong side of a revenge-seeking stranger (Orlando Jones). But the enemies have to work together to fend off an even bigger threat: Van Damme, a vegan drug lord who lost a big shipment in a plane crash. “You can’t die yet,” Jones’ character tells the ranger. “I won’t get a chance to kill you.”

Reviews are decidedly mixed:

•  Michael Nordine, The Village Voice: “Captures the feel of action flicks of yore … in a way that only limited-release and straight-to-video titles seem allowed to these days. … Its fight sequences are muscular and intuitive.”

•  Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine: “A predictable Z-grade actioner that emanates a distinctly straight-to-video banality of execution. … (It) keeps moral ambiguity at bay while tritely regurgitating familiar genre tropes and having its characters speak tirelessly and inexplicably in quips.”

(At the Barrywoods.)

| Sharon Hoffmann, The Star

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