Brazil (Jean Claude van Damme - JCVD
) is a veteran hitman who will take any contract for the right price. He is tasked with killing Polo - a well connected drug dealer on Interpol's watch-list. When Roland Flint (Scott Adkins - The Bourne Ultimatum
) another highly-successful hitman who is retired learns of the contract on Polo, he decides he wants vengeance for what Polo did to his wife. Two killers - one contract, one in it for the money the other for revenge, who will get to Polo first?
Assassination Games is a well-filmed, high-tension affair. There are some serious shoot-outs and cool hand-to-hand action sequences set in Budapest, Romania. The Eastern-Bloc milieu suits the film well, with Brazil's run-down cover flat being quite the secret-lair. The involvement of corrupt Interpol agents trying to clean house was a noble attempt at adding an extra layer of story but is just so two-dimensional it falls pretty flat and is damn-near a straight rip-off of The Bourne Trilogy
Neither Adkins or Van Damme get to show off their martial arts and it seems the main problem of this film is just how much potential it has doesn't marry up with what's delivered. It's not a bad film per se, it just seems that the script was written by after a booze-fuelled night in the pub; there just seems to be no main bad-guy, the Interpol agents are completely inept whilst Polo is just a womanising thug - hardly a worthy adversary for two high-end assassins. I felt that the film could of been A LOT better but had it's hands tied by a flimsy script. I mean, did EVERY fight scene have to be prematurely ended by a gun? I wanted to watch JCVD & Adkins martial-art the paste out of someone!!
Extra content: All you get is eight deleted scenes, which were obviously cut early on in the editing as they don't have finished special effects or a final soundtrack - not really worth anything.
All in all a solid hitman film with the great JCVD but could of been a lot better. Nonetheless, worth a watch!!