Game of Death (2010 film)
|Game of Death|
|Directed by||Giorgio Serafini|
|Music by||Jesse Voccia|
|Edited by||Kevin Budzynski
Todd C. Ramsay
|Stage 6 Films|
|Distributed by||Optimum Home Entertainment (United Kingdom)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (United States)
|Running time||96 minutes|
|Box office||$173,496 (UAE)|
Game of Death is a 2010 American action film directed by Giorgio Serafini, and starring Wesley Snipes, Zoë Bell, Gary Daniels and Robert Davi. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on February 15, 2011. This was Wesley Snipes' last acting role until 2014's The Expendables 3.
The story is told in flashback. CIA agent Marcus Jones recounts his final mission in the form of a confession to a Catholic priest (played by Ernie Hudson). The mission begins when Jones's mentor in the CIA, Dietrich, informs him that his next assignment is to gather intelligence for the possible prosecution of American citizens Frank Smith, an arms dealer, and John Redvale, a hedge fund manager. Jones succeeds in being hired as Smith's bodyguard and accompanies Smith to the Redvale building, where Smith is supposed to obtain $100,000,000 in cash. Unknown assailants attack the vehicle in which Smith and Jones are travelling. While Jones is distracted, Dietrich, flying above them in a helicopter with several other CIA agents, discovers that the others are traitors when they kill him. They are after the $100,000,000.
Jones and Smith survive the attack partly because Smith has a heart attack just as it begins. The driver is killed; Jones takes the wheel, loses the killers, and drives Smith to Detroit Medical Center, where he is provided with lifesaving care. The CIA traitors show up and begin killing hospital staff. Jones, the primary target of the killers, eludes them and manages to take several of them out until Floria (Zoë Bell) takes him prisoner and takes him to new team leader Zander (Gary Daniels). Jones is knocked unconscious and left to take the blame for deaths, while Smith is taken, along with a doctor (Aunjanue Ellis) to meet Redvale (Quinn Duffy) so that the killers can get his $100,000,000.
Redvale decides the best course of action is to let the killers have the money, then hunt them down and kill them many years later. Meanwhile, Jones steals an ambulance and drives to Redvale's building to save the doctor and eliminate his former team members. Accomplishing both of these missions, Jones then eludes scores of Detroit Police Department officers and escapes with a bag which contains approximately $25,000,000. As Jones leaves the cathedral and the priest to whom he made confession, he leaves the bag behind. Walking past the basketball court, a young man tosses a basketball to him, which reminds Jones that he is forgiven.
- Wesley Snipes as Marcus Jones
- Aunjanue Ellis as Rachel
- Zoë Bell as Floria
- Ernie Hudson as Clarence
- Quinn Duffy as John Redvale
- Gary Daniels as Zander
- Robert Davi as Frank Smith
- Eyad Elbitar as Driver
- Simon Rhee as Agent #1
- Ho-Sung Pak as Agent #2 / Big Mental
- Efka Kvaraciejus as Agent #3
- Carl Anthony Nespoli as Agent # 4 / Assassin #7
- Don Richard as Agent #5 / Assassin #8
- Jeff Galpin as Assassin #1
- Vladimir Tevlovski Assassin #2
- Frank Zieger as Policeman
- Gary Baxley as White Van Driver
- Ron Balicki as Jimmy
Wesley Snipes joined Bad Lieutenant director Abel Ferrara for Game of Death. They had previously worked together on King of New York in 1990. Filming commenced in 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. Director Abel Ferrara exited the project after a few weeks of shooting to concentrate on Jekyll and Hyde (2010), so Giorgio Serafini entered the project.
DVD was released in Region 1 in the United States on February 15, 2011, it was distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. On 21 February 2011, DVD was released by Optimum Home Entertainment in the United Kingdom in Region 2.