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The Eliminator (2004)

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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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David Neilsen





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Rooker ... Miles Dawson
Bas Rutten ... Dakota Varley
Dana Lee ... Ochiro Sumanni
G. Anthony Joseph ... Warden Sutherland
Wolf Muser ... Deitrich Remmel
Marco Ruas Marco Ruas ... Salvador
Michael Gregory ... General Ellison
Gareth Myles ... Watson
Geoffrey Forward Geoffrey Forward ... Sir Crawley
Jamal Duff ... Darius
Ivo Cutzarida ... Alvarez
Danielle Burgio ... Santha
Paul Logan ... Jesse
Vicki Phillips Vicki Phillips ... Tonya
Stephen Wozniak ... Rocker


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) See more »

Also Known As:

Varley's Game See more »


Box Office


$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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Old and familiar formula done very badly
20 September 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

As other users have pointed out, the basic idea behind "The Eliminator" is not a new one - it's the old "Most Dangerous Game" formula. Despite the familiar plot, it still could have been enjoyable in a trashy yet satisfying B movie manner. However, this particular telling is one of the worst I have seen in quite some time. It quickly becomes clear that the production didn't have a lot of money to spend on production values (probably hiring actor Michael Rooker blew a lot of the limited budget.) The movie is terribly shot, from the washed out cinematography to the often incompetent lighting. The movie is also terribly directed; there are a number of continuity errors, confusing moments, and the action scenes (the meat of the movie) come across more often than not as lame and unexciting. And there is a constant feeling of the entire enterprise being done as cheaply and quickly as possible.

Is there any merit to be found in the movie? Well, there is Bas Rutten as the chief protagonist. Don't get me wrong, he's a pretty poor actor, but he does have some charm and charisma that gets you to see he could do okay in a more professionally made movie. Anything else? Well, you can play a drinking game with your buddies. Take a drink every time the action cuts to footage of the sun, clouds, or stars moving quickly across the sky. You'll be seriously blotto by the end of the movie! But if you want to see a GOOD telling of this old formula, seek out the B movies "Surviving The Game" and "Raw Courage" instead

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