Assassination Games, 2011
Directed by Ernie Barbarash
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. Brazil (JCVD) for the money. And Flint (Adkins) 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.
Scott Adkins and Jean-Claude van Damme!
Assassination Games was the 2nd time that Scott Adkins teamed up with Jean-Claude van Damme in a movie and they deliver an entertaining movie. Aldo, both are incredible fighters, directer Ernie Barbarash could have done more in the script to use the phenomenal ass-kicking potential of Adkins together with Van Damme. That's a missed opportunity because there's only one quit simple fight between them.
Overall, Assassination Games is a decent movie that tried a bit too hard to be poignant and emotional when it should have focused more on the action. Van Damme turned out a solid performance and his samurai sword epilogue was outrageously fantastic. He does some really brutal killing as he escapes through a kitchen—perhaps one of the better opening sequences of a Van Damme movie.
And also Adkins does a good job in acting and has some more action scenes than Van Damme. He has a personal tragedy driving him and making him careless and undisciplined.
The action in the movie overal is pretty brutal and various but you should expect more with the names of Adkins and Van Damme on the movieposter.