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Feature 4.0
Video 7.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 3.5
Distributor: Sony
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Classification:
MA15+
Reviewer: Simon Black

3.5


Game of Death

Letís hope 90s action stalwart Wesley Snipes doesnít die in prison, where heís to spend the next three years on various charges pertaining to tax evasion, because Game of Death doesnít constitute much of a legacy, even by the relaxed standards of straight to video. 

The final mission of CIA agent Marcus Jones (Snipes) unravels largely as flashback in the form of a confession to a Catholic priest, whom Jones visits one lazy weekday afternoon.  In between bouts of the priest referring to him as Ďmy soní eighteen times a minute, Jones spins a tale involving Iranian double agents, arms dealers, crooked bankers, traitorous CIA operatives and the like.  Most of the action takes place inside a Detroit hospital in which Jones roams the halls, gun drawn, duking and shooting it out with a cabal of his former agency cronies.   

Though never of the calibre of a Stallone, Willis or even Van Damme, Snipes nonetheless produced some of the most mindlessly enjoyable action pap of the early 1990s such as Demolition Man and Passenger 57 and also put in memorable turns in such diverse fare as Blade, New Jack City and White Men Canít Jump, in which he starred alongside Woody Harrelson.  These days however he populates the same direct to video doldrums populated by the likes of Steven Seagal and from which, sadly, there seems generally to be no return. 

Game of Death is a fairly predictable, by-the-numbers entry into the canon.  The editing is choppy and director Giorgio Serafiniís attempt to counteract his modest budget with Ďartyí ghosting and black and white effects merely comes across as odd.  Snipes for the most part is as expressionless as Seagal (one reviewer likened his face to a neatly ironed blanket) and New Zealand stuntwoman-turned-actress Zoe Bell (Death Proof) scowls away in her best Clint Eastwood impersonation, but canít hide the fact that in addition to being distractingly unattractive she isnít much of a thespian.

Best avoided altogether. 

Special Features

None.






 
 



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