Jean-Claude Van Damme
However, if UNDISPUTED 3 was a B, then ASSASSINATION GAMES is a Z, as this is just another run-of-the-mill, shot in Eastern Europe cheapie. Thatís really too bad for Adkins, and Van Damme, as both deserve better. Say what you will about ďThe Muscles From BrusselsĒ, but unlike Steven Seagal, Van Dammeís kept himself in shape, and seems to at least be trying, even if his recent DTV films arenít up to par. His role in ASSASINATION GAMES is pretty one-note, with him playing yet another variation of Jean Renoís iconic Leon from THE PROFESSIONAL. Heís a loner see, but we know heís sensitive because he collects art, and plays the violin. He also takes in an abused Russian prostitute a la KISS OF THE DRAGON/ HITMAN, so at least the director has SEEN his share of action flicks, even if he canít direct one.
For an action movie, this is surprisingly short on action. Adkins and Van Damme only have one short (semi-nifty) scrap with each other, and the rest of the action scenes are just quickie fights, or boring shootouts. The only thing creative here are the antique guns Van Damme uses in a face-off with Adkins early on. The ending is particularly disappointing, with it all culminating in a quick, boring slaughter that will have you yawning rather than whooping. All in all- itís VERY boring stuff, chalk-full of intrigue thatís not the slightest bit intriguing (that sometimes makes Adkins and Van Damme feel like supporting characters in their own film), and action that doesnít thrill.