Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ernie Barbarash|
|Produced by||Justin Bursch
|Written by||Aaron Rahsaan Thomas|
|Starring||Jean-Claude Van Damme
|Music by||Neal Acree|
|Editing by||Peter Devaney Flanagan|
|Distributed by||Samuel Goldwyn Films
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
|Running time||101 minutes|
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.
- Jean-Claude Van Damme as Vincent Brazil
- Scott Adkins as Roland Flint
- Ivan Kaye as Polo Yakur
- Valentin Teodosiu as Blanchard
- Alin Panc as Kovacs
- Kevin Chapman as Culley
- Serban Celea as Wilson Herrod
- Michael Higgs as Godfrey
- Kristopher Van Varenberg as Schell
- Marija Karan as October
- Bianca Van Varenberg as Anna Flint
- Andrew French as Nalbandian
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 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.
It is set and filmed at Bucharest Romania, and New Orleans, Louisiana in 40 days on September 5 and October 15, 2010.
The film has received mixed reviews with Rotten Tomatoes rating it as 50% Fresh. 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".