Assassination Games

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Assassination Games
Assassination Games.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Ernie Barbarash
Produced by Justin Bursch
Brad Krevoy
Patrick Newall
Written by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme
Scott Adkins
Music by Neal Acree
Cinematography Phil Parmet
Edited by Peter Devaney Flanagan
MediaPro Studios
Rodin Entertainment
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • July 29, 2011 (2011-07-29)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8 million

Assassination Games is a 2011 American action film directed by Ernie Barbarash, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins. The film was released in the United States on July 29, 2011.


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 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 both terminated.



Assassination Games began development under the working title The Weapon with Russel Mulcahy attached to direct.[1] Initially Steven Seagal had signed on to star alongside Van Damme with the film's plot synopsis notably different from the final version:

In The Weapon, Jack Conway (Steven Seagal) and Derek Chase (Jean-Claude Van Damme) are the two best assassins in the world but unknown to each other. While Conway is a master sharpshooter, Chase is equally skilled with a knife. These two rival assassins form an uneasy alliance to take down the head of a drug cartel.

After Steven Seagal dropped out of the role, Vinnie Jones was considered to replace Steven Seagal though the role eventually went to Scott Adkins.[2]


It is set and filmed at Bucharest, Romania, and New Orleans, Louisiana in 40 days on September 5 and October 15, 2010.

Home media[edit]

DVD was released in Region 1 in the United States on September 6, 2011, and also Region 2 in the United Kingdom on October 10, 2011, it was distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.


The film has received mixed reviews with Rotten Tomatoes rating it as 46% Fresh.[3] IGN gave the film a 6 out of 10 "If you need a quick dose of action, Assassination Games should do the trick. Don't expect a masterpiece and you should walk away moderately pleased with the experience".[4]


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