ASSASSIN’S GAME (2019) Reviews and overview

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‘To kill or be killed is just the start’

Assassin’s Game aka Maximillian is a 2019 American science-fiction action-thriller film about a secret team of assassins, The Shadows. The plot follows how The Shadows are put to the test in an ultimate game of survival.

Directed by Keith Collins II – making his feature debut – from a screenplay co-written with Porche Robinson, the Media Design Imaging production stars John Dannug, Ernest Jam, Kimberly Root, Hakeem Sharif, Jerry Sur and Ember Burns.


“It’s organized and swiftly paced. It’s well lit, I didn’t have to turn up the volume and never did I say “Geez I sure wish this had big name actors and a huge budget.” Could it had been far more brutal and deeper? Yes, of course, but this is a solid start, especially considering how it wasted no time for an indie film.” The Action Elite

“Fortunately, the dialogue is kept to a minimum and is mostly standard tough-guy one-liners. The couple of attempts at anything deeper fall pretty flat. There’s also the odd gaffe like cut off body parts that don’t bleed. But overall fans of indie action films should get their money’s worth and a bit more out of Assassin’s Game.” Voices from the Balcony

” …with the success of films like John Wick and The Raid, Collins pays homage to those films. While the acting from some of the actors is what you would expect from an indie film of this caliber, from a monotonic performance to a bit over the top, it doesn’t take away that the action is pretty good…” World Film Geek

Cast and characters (alphabetical):

Vernard Adams … Big Gun Mercenary
Demond Ballou … Watcher
Jassen Bruegman … Motorcycle Mercenary
Ember Burns … Bunny
George Comer … Gun Master
John Dannug … Max
James Eckstein … Mercenary
Shalanda Fresh … Restaurant Patron
Ben Garton … Mercenary
Thomas H.F. Gassaway … Mercenary
Carol Germano … Restaurant Patron
Sal Germano … Restaurant Patron
Stephen Haas … Sword Master
Ernest Jam … Vargas
Matt Kane … Hand Master
Andrew Lau … Man in Motel
Dramail Lett … Mercenary
Richard Linn … Paranoid Man
Daniel Loesch … Y
Eileen Lorene … Assistant
Devyn Lovelace … Restaurant Patron
Dan Malz … Mercenary
India Perkins … Secretary
John Riddlebaugh … Mercenary
Kimberly Root … X
Matt Rossman … Man in Restaurant
Hakeem Sharif … Sage
Jerry Sur … Gin
Louis Thomas … Mercenary
Zach Throne … Man in Elevator
Monissa Tugard … Restaurant Patron
Stanley Vaughn … Motorcycle Mercenary
JaTaya Wiley … Restaurant Patron
Wayne Wong … Crime Boss #1

Technical details:

72 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1

Film Facts:

This film should not be confused with the 2015 movie Assassin’s Game directed by Anoop Rangi and starring Tom Sizemore.


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