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Assassination Games (2011)

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Scott Adkins  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, Kevin Chapman
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00596WEVI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,821 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 cold-blooded 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.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough for a Sequel September 7, 2011
Format:DVD
Having resigned myself to accepting the Van Damme heyday was over and the remainder of his career would be limited to less than average DTV releases, along comes Assassination Games to revive my crestfallen heart and
prove low budget action does not have to be mindless, derivitive, and action-less abhorrations of film where the producer's only goal was to create a 90 minute timeline that could be packaged and labeled as a 'movie.'

While many are quick to categorize this film as standard action fare, nothing about it is standard: the dialogue, while just a notch above average, is coherent and well paced; the direction is competent; and the supporting players can actually act, entertaining you when the leads aren't on screen. I disagree with the reviewer who stated the lead villain (Polo Yakur, played by Ivan Kaye), was nothing more than a 'typical' heavy, because Kaye - while admittedly serving a narrow spectrum in the film - did inflect subtleties to make the character seem a grieving human being rather than just another over the top villain strutting around for the sake of malevolence.

It's true there isn't much fighting in this movie, but the fighting that is present serves purpose rather than being a fight scene dropped into the storyline simply to satisfy machismo. Because this movie works, you don't pine for more fighting or action, you want to see what happens to the characters. You become transfixed on the action but are satisfied with an even bigger bang when you learn where the action is leading. It's a mix that we rarely see in any DTV release nowadays, and I'm surprised this film was not given wider distribution in theaters.

As a Jean-Claude Van Damme film, I'm happy to say it is, beyond doubt, the best he has done in a long time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Assassination Games opens with a demonstration of the smooth proficiency of hitman Vincent Brazil (Jean-Claude Van Damme) as he attacks with his primary weapons of choice - anything with a blade. The tone of the movie is then set for the dealings of those in this dark business and the cold, callous exteriors these professional killers display. But they are human after all, so expect to find that they do have a heart thought it may generally stay deeply buried.

Roland Flint (Scott Adkins) prefers to make his hits with his considerable arsensal of firearms. Brazil and Flint are brought together when they each go after the same target but for very different reasons. Soon they become the targets for hits and forge a necessary but uncomfortable union. Can they or should they trust each other? Hitmen like to work alone.

Van Damme and up-and-comer Adkins deliver a few good fight scenes but emphasis is on their weapons and their relationship as they take on mobsters and dirty government officials. While the plot is not unique, Assassination Games has moments when it stands solidly on it's on feet. A very good supporting cast elevates this to a movie that has been shown in limited theatrical release and lands high on the heap of strait to DVD action films. If action is what you're after plus a few grisly surprises, Assassination Games will not disappoint.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme triumphs in riveting cat-and-mouse thriller! September 18, 2011
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"This is what he does best, and he is the best." A corrupt Interpol officer makes that observation about Roland Flint, the character depicted by Scott Adkins in the riveting "Assassination Games." The accolade truly applies to the film's star Jean-Claude Van Damme, who has translated his experience as a global superstar into becoming a superior actor in the action films genre'. "Assassination Games" is another example that the original "Muscles from Brussels" has evolved into a creative force behind fast-paced movies that are both character-driven and visually stylish without resorting to CGI tricks or the usual action movie cliches'. JCVD depicts Vincent Brazil, who becomes a reluctant partner with Flint in a cat-and-mouse game against both Interpol and relentless members of a European mob. Brazil's relationship with an unlikely girl-next-door named October provides the dramatic anchor for a tense mix of tragedy and revenge. When October kisses Vincent on the cheek for his kindness toward her, Van Damme depicts the hitman's resistance to affection with a truthful emotion that is both telling and heartbreaking. It is just one of many moments, both quiet and explosive, in "Assassination Games" that demonstrate JCVD's superiority as an actor in action films today.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent little action flick. September 6, 2011
Format:DVD
Caught this at a theater nearby and I have to say that I did enjoy this. It wasn't great or even "really good" but it was better than most of JCVD's other dtv movies(excluding US3 and Replicant)...and better than some of his later theatrical movies(Street Fighter,Double Team,Knock Off, Unisol:The Return). I think putting it on the same level as Wake of Death is pretty fair. I actually may have liked this a little more since it didn't feature the dopey MTV edits that WOD had. The acting was pretty solid all around for the most part. JC's son, Kris' character(Schell) was extremely pointless in my opinion...not to mention he sucked in it. Felt like he was reading his lines the entire movie. I really liked JC and Adkin's chemistry together. They played off each other really well but I was left wanting to see more of them sharing the screen. There were a few aspects I didn't care for but I don't want to spoil anything. Production wise, the movie looks pretty good considering the budget. It's well directed and shot. Good music score too. However, I actually feel like it would have made for a better at home experience than a theatrical one. The sepia tone actually looked a little blurred on the big screen during some of the wide shots...and I did find myself craving a little color. Close ups looked good though. All in all, it was a pretty good movie. This gives me hope for The Butcher. If Ernie Barbarash had a little more money to work with, he'd do a hell of a job. 3.25/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK
I have all the Van Damme movies on dvd. Their all excellent except this one which is kind of on the lame side
Published 1 month ago by cocoBware
4.0 out of 5 stars Who would have thought
Even though Jean Claude is not aging exceptionally well, the young man co-starring in it is terrific, but so is jean Claude. I've always been a fan. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Russell S
4.0 out of 5 stars C'mon, you gotta love Van Damme
It may be a bit cheesy, but gosh, I really do like Van Damme. He's still in the game, and I admire that. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Sondergaard
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme Delivers, Breaking Bad Steals
If you've seen the finale of Breaking Bad, you'll be having deja vu if you're a JCVD fan. I mean the cell phone, the fake fight, the gimmick gun outside the building taking out all... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant cinematography.
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Assassination Games, very decently filmed, goes wrong early. Comatose people do not lie with eyes open taking saline solution and are very not dressed with... Read more
Published 7 months ago by clinton williams
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent flim, the best of JCVD
I was impressed by this film, it reminded me of the old French film noirs from when I was young. I liked the directing, the choice of the colors, the acting and even the story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alain Darmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Another fantastic Van Damme movie for my collection. The story on this one was excellent and I loved the other actors in it. They were all so convincing.
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars IN THIS GAME OF DEATH, EVERY SHOT COUNTS.
ASSASSINATION GAMES IS ONE OF THE BEST ACTION MOVIES OF JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME AND SCOTT ADKINS AS TWO DANGEROUS ASSASSINS GOING AFTER THE SAME TARGET FOR DIFFERENT REASONS. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ricky norris
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Well worth getting. Van Damme and Scott Adkins both do a fantastic job in this film. Loved it! I am now a fan of Scott A, but have always been a fan of JCVD.
Published 13 months ago by V.C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Adkins vs Damme? This should be the greatests movie ever! Ehhhhh not...
These two action powerhouses colliding should have been an awesome film. But action wise it was just entertaining not great. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Preston Downey
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