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Assassination Games 2011 R CC

4.1 out of 5 stars (59) IMDb 6.2/10

In a world where no one can be trusted, two assassins reluctantly join forces to take down a ruthless drug dealer, crooked cops and shady underworld figures.

Starring:
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Action
Director Ernie Barbarash
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins
Supporting actors Ivan Kaye, Valentin Teodosiu, Alin Panc, Kevin Chapman, Serban Celea, Michael Higgs, Kristopher Van Varenberg, Marija Karan, Bianca Brigitte VanDamme, Andrew French, Attila Árpa, Marioara Sterian, George Remes, Anghel Cristian, Salahadine H. Beztout, Mario Marian, Viscreanu Constantin, Alexandra Apetrei
Studio Samuel Goldwyn Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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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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"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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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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