ⓘ Assassination Games is a 2011 American action thriller film directed by Ernie Barbarash and starring Jean-Claude van Damme and Scott Adkins with Ivan Kaye as th ..

                                     

ⓘ Assassination Games

Assassination Games is a 2011 American action thriller film directed by Ernie Barbarash and starring Jean-Claude van Damme and Scott Adkins with Ivan Kaye as their main antagonist. The film was released in the United States on July 29, 2011.

                                     

1. Premise

After the drug dealer Polo Yakur puts his wife in a coma, assassin Flint retires. When a contract is put out on Yakur, Flint comes out of retirement, only to find that another assassin, Brazil, is also on the job due to the money. The two assassins reluctantly partner in order to combat corrupt Interpol agents and gangsters.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Kris van Varenberg as Schell
  • Serban Celea as Wilson Herrod
  • Michael Higgs as Godfrey
  • Bianca van Varenberg as Anna Flint
  • Valentin Teodosiu as Blanchard
  • Marija Karan as October
  • Ivan Kaye as Polo Yakur
  • Scott Adkins as Roland Flint
  • Andrew French as Nalbandian
  • Jean-Claude van Damme as Vincent Brazil
  • Alin Panc as Kovacs
  • Kevin Chapman as Culley
                                     

3. Production

Assassination Games began development under the working title The Weapon with Russel Mulcahy attached to direct. Initially Steven Seagal had signed on to star alongside Van Damme. After Seagal dropped out of the role, Vinnie Jones was considered to replace Steven Seagal, though the role eventually went to Scott Adkins. Shooting took place in Bucharest, Romania, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

                                     

4. Release

The film had a limited release on July 29, 2011. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the DVD in the United States on September 6, 2011, and in the United Kingdom on October 10, 2011.

                                     

5. Reception

IGN gave the film a 6 out of 10 stars and wrote, "If you need a quick dose of action, Assassination Games should do the trick. Dont expect a masterpiece and you should walk away moderately pleased with the experience". Rohit Rao of DVD Talk rated it 2 out of 5 stars and wrote, "Van Damme and Adkins show up to the party, game for anything, but director Ernie Barbarash insists on weighing them down with a convoluted script that mistakes meanness for grit." Gabe Toro of Indiewire rated it C and wrote, "The fight choreography doesn’t lift this effort above Van Damme’s usual direct-to-DVD offerings, but it does prove that there are still filmmakers who understand how to shoot action." Ike Oden of DVD Verdict described it as "a cheesy, pretentious, and poorly paced action film with a jet black nihilistic streak".

Ivan Kayes performance as the main villain in this film has earned him special praise in a review from 2014 listing him as one of The 10 Greatest Villains That Jean-Claude van Damme Has Ever Faced and stating: "A brilliant casting choice and stand-out performance for an unusually drama-focused and underrated Van Damme film."