Assassination Games

2011

Assassination Games

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Brazil (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a contract killer, willing to take any job if the price is right. Flint (Scott Adkins) left the assassin game when a ruthless drug dealer's brutal attack left his wife in a coma. When a contract is put out on the same coldblooded drug dealer, both Brazil and Flint want him dead - one for the money, the other for revenge. With crooked Interpol agents and vicious members of the criminal underworld hot on their trail, these two assassins reluctantly join forces to quickly take out their target before they themselves are terminated. -- (C) Official Site

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  • As the star of Assassination Games, Jean-Claude Van Damme makes a lot of great decisions. As the executive producer, he appears to have made fewer.

    Aug 26, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Assassination Games doesn't fully exploit -- in, say, the manner in which Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa did -- the age and earned maturity of its leading man.

    Aug 2, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • A direct-to-video-quality actioner distinguished primarily by its star's blatantly deteriorated martial-arts prowess.

    Jul 29, 2011 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Assassination Games

  • Jul 23, 2012
    It's been a very LONG time that I have seen Jean Claude Van Damme involved in an action flick that I have truly enjoyed watching. As an assassin (Van Damme) Brazil is a willing participant in a killing only if the price is right. Another assassin (Scott Adkins) Flint has left the hit man game only to consider returning after a criminal that was involved in his wife's brutal attack has been released from incarceration.SO on two ends of the scale of taking out one ruthless crime lord, you have an assassin willing to kill if the price is right and another willing to kill for revenge. Sitting and watching how this eventually turned out is a truly a treat for your "cinematic senses". It is a movie worth seeing...with lots of surprises!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2012
    The latest action film starring my mom's favourite actor, Jean-Claude Van Damme, wasn't something which I enjoyed watching. Even Scott Adkins as a partner didn't help... Yes, there was lot of action and violence but the story of Brazil (Jean-Claude Van Damme) who is a contract killer, willing to take any job if the price is right, was all about the violence! The main character Flint (Scott Adkins) left the assassin game when a ruthless drug dealer's brutal attack left his wife in a coma. Now, two of them are trying to sort out the same coldblooded drug dealer, wanting him dead - one for the money, the other for revenge. Of course, there are crooked Interpol agents and vicious members of the criminal underworld hot on their trail in Romania... but these two assassins reluctantly join forces to quickly take out their target before they themselves are terminated. Don't expect too much of a dialogue or some complicated story... everything here is shooting and fighting. If you like that, there is a chance you could give it a positive review!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2011
    Straight to DVD yet actually a pretty good action thriller for once from Mr Van Damme, his new best mate in action Scott Adkins joins in for the ride and this time they are on the same side to battle some fat guy that looks like he just stepped off a 70's porn set. The film appears to be in sepia for allot of the action which is odd but looks quite nice, at first I thought there was something wrong (maybe there was haha) but it does seem to be like that for some reason. There isn't allot of martial arts fighting either I must reveal, we don't see Van Damage going on much, some fighting but nothing special, same for Adkins too, this is mainly a film about hitmen taking out targets swiftly but we do get one fast punch up with the two main men. Nothing terribly new here, same old stuff but it is better than most run of the mill action films from JCVD and it looks like it was actually made well with some care and not as tacky as these films can be.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2011
    <i>"People choose their death when they choose how they live."</i> <p> Somewhat competent yet unremarkable, <i>Assassination Games</i> is another low-budget action-thriller of the well-worn hitman subgenre variety. The big draw of this otherwise undistinguished action fare is that it stars aging action icon Jean-Claude Van Damme and rising star Scott Adkins, both of whom are incredible fighters both on and off the screen. However, while <i>Assassination Games</i> is moderately entertaining throughout, director Ernie Barbarash and writer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas chose to craft not an all-out, cheesy action fiesta but rather a gritty revenge flick more concerned with melodrama, thus failing to capitalise on the phenomenal ass-kicking potential of an Adkins/Van Damme team-up. <p> Ever since his wife was gang-raped and beaten into a coma by unsavoury gangster Polo (Kaye), world-class assassin Roland Flint (Adkins) has lived in self-imposed exile. Years later, an opportunity presents itself for Flint to exact revenge: Polo is being released from jail, and there's a price on his head. Little does Flint realise, though, that he's being set up by dirty Interpol agents who want to kill him and recover the money he stole from them. Added to this, another assassin named Brazil (Van Damme) is already committed to the Polo contract. After initially butting heads, Brazil and Flint realise that they can help one another, and decide to team up. Meanwhile, the shady Interpol agents opt to partner with Polo to further their own vendetta. <p> <i>Assassination Games</i> delivers in the action department from time to time, but writer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas ostensibly aspired to create something more than just another typical direct-to-DVD action film. Thus, the focus is not merely on the story's inherent violent conflicts, but more on the protagonists' inner turmoil, resulting in a higher volume of quiet dramatic scenes than action beats. Brazil and Flint are thoroughly clichéd (like the narrative in general), but it's nonetheless somewhat laudable that an action film in this day and age at least <i>tries</i> to be more than a brainless action buffet. On the other hand, Thomas' script is not nearly as skilful as it wanted to be, and the dramatic elements are routine, almost boring. Consider the "hooker with a heart of gold" subplot involving Brazil - we've seen it done before millions of times, and the film doesn't do many new or interesting things with it. It's a bit of a head-scratcher than such an utterly clichéd action film is so story-driven, character-focused and unwilling to let loose, and the realistic approach is all the more baffling due to how half-hearted and drab most of the drama is. <p> Reports place the film's budget somewhere between $4 million and $8 million, so <i>Assassination Games</i> was shot on the cheap, and it shows. Like pretty much all low-budget direct-to-DVD action films, <i>Assassination Games</i> was filmed in third world Eastern European locations, and is therefore visually flat, resulting in pacing issues. On the upside, director Barbarash and his team did not succumb to the dreaded "shaky-cam/quick-cutting" syndrome - the action scenes here are, for the most part, crisp and easy to decipher, not to mention pulse-pounding. It's just that there's not enough of them. Since the bad guys make stupid decisions and cannot shoot straight, would it have been too much to ask for a larger group of gun fodder and a few more extended shootouts, or at least a competent fighter to give Adkins or Van Damme an exciting run for their money? <p> Now in his 50s, the weathered Jean-Claude Van Damme has aged gracefully, and he demonstrates here that, with suitable material, he can actually act to a decent extent. In <i>Assassination Games</i>, Van Damme was asked to play an emotionless assassin; a role befitting of his usually wooden line delivery. Alongside him, Scott Adkins is terrific as the skilled, vengeful assassin. Adkins was able to sell his part effortlessly, mixing incredible athleticism with genuine charisma. <i>Assassination Games</i> also benefits greatly from the chemistry between Adkins and Van Dammage - the pair are a terrific twosome of lethal killers. Outside of these two, though, there isn't much acting skill to be found. Ivan Kaye is credible enough as gangster Polo, but nobody else makes much of an impression. <p> Despite tremendous potential, <i>Assassination Games</i> is not as brilliant as it could've been with a more generous budget and a better creative team. There are inspired flashes of kinetic action, but not enough. Barely 10 or 15 minutes' worth of combined action in a 100-minute movie like this simply doesn't cut it, as the filmmakers were not competent enough to pull off a genuinely riveting story-driven revenge film; a feat they clearly strived to achieve.
    Cal ( Super Reviewer

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