The Eliminator (2004)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  6 July 2004 (USA)
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Former LAPD cop, Dakota Varley (played by UFC champion Bas Rutten), enters a power boat race seeking the prize of $250,000, but immediately discovers, first hand, that this race's risk ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Dawson
Dakota Varley
Ochiro Sumanni
Warden Sutherland
Wolf Muser ...
Deitrich Remmel
Marco Ruas ...
General Ellison
Geoffrey Forward ...
Sir Crawley
Vicki Phillips ...


Former LAPD cop, Dakota Varley (played by UFC champion Bas Rutten), enters a power boat race seeking the prize of $250,000, but immediately discovers, first hand, that this race's risk matches the prize: one racer is killed, 3 others seriously injured in multiple action-packed crashes and explosions. Varley prevails. Varley tries to leave the lake and collect his prize money but is drugged and kidnapped by Dawson (portrayed by Michael Rooker) and thrown into a different world: a world where survivl means everything and no-one follows the rules. Varley awakens on an island, strapped to pole, like a pig being carried to a barbeque. Surrounded by heavily-armed men, he soon learns that he and six other victims have been assembled to be contestants in the ultimate survival game: they will be hunted nightly by hunters with rifles until there is one remaining survivor, who will win a $10,000,000 cash prize! As the story unfolds, we meet the other contestants Jesse is an undercover DEA agent ... Written by Anonymous

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The hunter becomes the hunted.

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

6 July 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Varley's Game  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Santha: [on Darius] He's rotting away somewhere in a military prison.
Dakota Varley: [correcting her] No! He's rotting away somewhere on this island!
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Such A Letdown...
27 November 2004 | by (Philly,PA,USA) – See all my reviews

Okay, so we have in this film, MMA fighter Bas Rutten- great look for the movie industry,great personality, and the casting decision that made me so curious to check out The Eliminator. Then aside from that,you've got Michael Rooker, an incredibly talented and underrated actor in the industry. Put them together in an action film for me and i'd expect to see something awesome...but...I just...didn't get that with this.

See the 2 people I mentioned? Bas Rutten & Michael Rooker? They are the ONLY things in this film worthwhile,but even they can't save this. Everybody else did a very poor job at what they did, the action scenes even with MMA fighter(s) were so terrible looking,and so was the look of this film in general. Rooker even managed to sadden me by putting on an under average performance, and I say that because usually his average is well enough.Bas Rutten is good, and has much potential to throw into the action genre, but this certainly was the wrong way to start off...I would've started by doing small roles in bigger or better quality films, then eventually leap into a lead role to breakout with...and the only thing they broke in this was the barrel of waste that spilled all over this film itself....sorry Bas, I wanted to love this so badly and I was looking forward to it so damn much, but you and everything in this just disappointed me...heres hoping you can pick/get better roles in the future.


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