Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Assassination Games (2011)
Kicking off the A to Z challenge is Assassination Games staring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins.
Two assassins, Brazil and Flint (Van Damme and Adkins), are contracted for the same target, Polo Yakur. Brazil is in it for the money while Flint wants revenge for Yakur's brutal attack on his wife which has left her in a coma. The two eventually join forces to take him down.
Just by going off of this synopsis, one would think that this would just be another shoot-em-up movie. I honestly went in with less than great expectations. I am so happy that I was wrong. There was a plot! A simple one, sure, but that doesn't necessarily lead to a bad movie. What I found in Assassination Games was a movie that gave character development to assassins. The character of Flint had most of his development before the movie picks up the plot, so the majority is given to Van Damme. His character is the cold-blooded assassin of any random story line but Brazil has a different light shed on his life by Flint's desire to kill Yakur at all costs, and by October, the abused woman next door that he saves from her owner.
This movie does have some minor moments of cringing involved focused around dismemberment and Flint's flashbacks of his wive's attack. These elements just added fuel to my fire to see them win, which is always a nice touch. Violence doesn't always need to by unnecessary. Just focused on a really, really bad person. These scenes mixed with a brief scene of upper female nudity gives Assassination Games a rating of R (for those of you that care). That being said, I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes assassins, guns, violence, a movie that actually doesn't have a sex scene with a major character, and a nice, simple plot that has a dash of revenge. Well a lot of revenge, actually.
Coming next is B for Bunraku!