As baseline expectations go, I don’t ask for much from action movies. Personality and action are all I really want. When something goes above and beyond (like, say, Die Hard) then it is a huge bonus. But give me Bloodsport, which has plenty of personality and action courtesy of two-fisted narcissist Jean-Claude Van Damme, and all is good.

A couple years back, JCVD properly tapped into the actor’s talents and nearly relaunched him as a viable screen presence. But, like John Travolta in the years following Pulp Fiction, only in a more extreme manner, Van Damme has done everything in his power to squander that new beginning. Case in point: Assassination Games, a movie that stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins as guys who kill other guys. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »

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Watch This: The Tournament Movie Trailer

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I wasn’t even aware of the film The Tournament until Peter pointed out the trailer this evening. Now that I am, I can see it being a crazy, fun time totally untethered to any sort of reality. That is, one of my preferred action movie modes. The Tournament posits that every seven years in a small town, the world’s greatest assassins come together to compete for a tremendous cash prize and great renown. It’s the cast that might get your attention, though: Ving Rhames, Kelly Hu, Scott Adkins, and, as the priest caught in the middle of the action, Robert Carlyle. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

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