Game Of Death

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4.71 h 25 min2011R
Wesley Snipes stars as a contract killer for the CIA, forced to take on a group of rogue agents gone bad.
Directors
Giorgio Serafini
Starring
Wesley SnipesAunjanue EllisQuinn Duffy
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SuspenseAdventureAction
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Gary DanielsRobert DaviErnie HudsonEyad ElbitarSimon RheeHo-Sung PakEfka KvaraciejusCarl Anthony NespoliDon RichardJeff GalpinVladimir TevlovskiEle BardhaCraig GubertGeorge PogacichRory MallonBanzai VitaleAlex WiszJaime MoyerRonald ClarkVanessa Vander PluymDailyn MatthewsMarie Fink
Producers
Billy DietrichRafael PrimoracPhilippe Martinez
Studio
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA)
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.2 out of 5 stars

326 global ratings

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Michael D.Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Wrong on so many levels
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Great cast and a plot with holes so large you need to start with one enormous hole to put all the other holes in. Also included: Magic guns that never run out of bullets and bad guys who never miss unless aiming at Wesley Snipes. All of this centers around multiple instances of the characters doing things they could more easily accomplish in other ways. I could point out the worst of it but that would take too long. I'll just say, if they were going to kill everyone anyway there was never a need for the old gangster much of the movie centered on in the first place. All that part did was give an excuse to write in a female character as a doctor to introduce sexual tension with Snipes into the formula, sort of.
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D. L. SmithReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Contrived script - poor acting
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Shooting sequences where participants never run out of ammo are over the top. Dialogue was thin in content. I like Wesley Snipes, but I would not recommend this movie. The lady CIA agent had to be the worse actor I have seen in a long, long time. Much that should have been brought to a conclusion was left hanging such as the police chief who did the rogue CIA agent's bidding. Wasted time watching this but that was my own fault. I saw 4 stars and thought it might be worth it.
4 people found this helpful
Talmadge HugeeReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good Acting but terrible reality scenes.
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I think this movie really showed how dangerous our world is turning and I rarely watch these kind of movies. However I enjoyed Westley Snipes artful talent as a martial art performer and even when some scenes were completely unreal -like the numerous gun shot exchange behind hospital corners. They looked comical to me because even though at the accuracy of gunshot exchange he still survived and it seemed like they were practicing.To add, the concept of this dangerous violence in a public hospital is a most dreadful thought to witness along with unreasonable killings. I think this movie should of had a little more humor instead of filth to it like Chris Tucker's Rush Hour movie with Jackie Chang.Peace.
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DReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty awful ... at best
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Killed a rainy afternoon. Pretty awful from script to acting to action scenes. For personal protection, I want one of the guns used in this movie ... they never run out of bullets, except one time at the end so Wesley could kung fu his way to heroism. The poor parish had a remarkably magnificent church and with a cool $500,000,000.00 tax free it can build a nice basketball court for the parish kids. Heartwarming.
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im4rockReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
snipes is great in this movie
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loved the movie went out and bought it (amazon). watched it already a few times. snipes usually is in great movies.
Hamman13Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Editor should be fired along with most of the other supporting roles
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It's like the editor just discovered an early 90s action film and wanted to use every horrible effect from it. No real script, poor acting by most of the actors, poor weapon handling (again, like from a 90s action movie), way too much black and white effects, half fades (really? in the 21st century?), etc. Unfortunately, a whole lot of people worked together to put out a really sucky movie.
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MichaelReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2011
3.0 out of 5 stars
"The world would be a better place without men like me"
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For a film that borrows its name from a [[ASIN:B00005BCKB Bruce Lee pseudo-classic]], Wesley Snipes' "Game of Death" kinda disappoints. Despite easily being one of the best DTV flicks the former Hollywood headliner has appeared in, the movie foregoes a higher rating by sabotaging its own otherwise- high-end presentation with unnecessary post-production mucking and by choosing to present little more than the bare minimum by way of the martial arts dream matches its casting offers. A strong story and generally good acting performances ought to make this one a bit more promising for non- action-aficionados, but as far as this Snipes fan goes, I can't help but label it one big missed opportunity.

The story: undercover CIA agent Marcus (Snipes, [[ASIN:B0007WFX62 Blade trilogy]]) is betrayed in-mission by his fellow agents Zander (Gary Daniels, [[ASIN:B002ZG999U The Expendables]]) and Floria (Zoe Bell, [[ASIN:B0029RW0E6 Angel of Death]]), who will attempt to use the connections of their employer/target (Robert Davi, [[ASIN:B00005JM67 Profiler]]) to finance their disillusioned flight from the Agency.

Most of the film, played out in flashback, takes place during one day and in only two locations: a hospital and a corporate stronghold. There is very little character exposition, but this works in the film's favor by making everybody nicely enigmatic; Snipes is like the lone loyal samurai pitting himself against turncoat defectors to his master. Production values are strong from the get-go, looking practically mainstream to begin with, but needing to contend with artsy imposed quick cuts and unnecessary black & white inserts at increasingly alarming rates; it's almost as though a producer saw the first cut of the movie and decided they had to justify it being released DTV by dating it with these clichéd low-budget add-ins. Not cool, Sony!

The action is mostly composed of corridor shootouts, but these aren't too bad. The rub lies in the four hand-to-hand excursions Snipes has...or rather, *who* he has them with and how poorly the filmmakers decided to utilize them. The movie offers four prospective dream opponents for Snipes in the aforementioned Daniels and Bell, along with supporting henchmen Ho-Sung Pak ([[ASIN:B000056VOK The Legend of Drunken Master]]) and Simon Rhee ([[ASIN:B0002O7XUE Best of the Best]]). Rhee and Bell, despite being exceptional martial artists themselves, only engage Snipes in shootouts; admittedly, Bell's is pretty good, but who wouldn't rather want to see a hand-to-hand showdown between the two? The same can be said for Pak, whose encounter with Snipes is insulting for how fast Wesley finishes off "the real Liu Kang". The finale, featuring Snipes and Daniels on a rooftop, could've been the standout battle of both their careers but consists entirely of an uninvolved-looking Wesley blocking Gary's high kicks before breaking his limbs in Steven Seagal fashion. His two worthwhile fights are against no-name henchmen, but these are either disappointingly one-sided or way too short.

"Game of Death" is a strong enough thriller that it manages a passing grade despite these shortcomings; the best possible experience you can have with it is by watching it on its own terms and not setting yourself up for disappointment as I apparently did. A movie like this proves that Wesley Snipes' ousting from Hollywood was completely unsubstantiated and that he still has what it takes to be a mainstream star, and that Gary Daniels and Zoe Bell have long been ready for big-budget exposure. Director Giorgio Serafini ([[ASIN:B003VE9WU6 Giallo]]) could potentially make a name for himself in movies like this, but only if he learns to ditch these stupid cinematic snafus. This one's for consumption by the general bored-on-a-Friday-night crowd, people - a shame, since it could've been so much more.
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Tieuel LegacyReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
You Know What You Will Get
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With most Snipes movies, you know you will get a solid mixed martial arts character with room to decide the back story for yourself. He's great at providing that.

I'm treating this as a direct to DVD or a film that got most acclaim from DVD sales. When Wesley is in this type of movie, I watch because he usually delivers. No need for an ensemble cast in most of these.

As for Game of Death specifically, my first watch didn't show me anything out of the ordinary. It's a movie that I watch while doing other things around the house (I do that plenty with my movies anyway). With the tone of the movie, you might find yourself picking up the pace while working around the house. Everything seems to be solid in this movie.

Doesn't get more stars because I don't remember more chances being taken to help Game of Death to standout. I will be watching again with a closer look though.
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