Movies that are slightly off.
What do you get for the man who has everything?
In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nary a nanosecond, Nicholas finds himself consumed by a dangerous set of ever-changing rules, unable to distinguish where the charade ends and reality begins.
The Game, directed by David Fincher, is one of the few cinematic creations that uses its slyly hidden seams and puppetry strings as a way to enhance cathartic outpourings. In this eerie odyssey, Cinema isn't used as a canvas, but as a sort of freewheeling construction space. Our dreams, failures, and perceptions of time and reality aren't visualized, but projected, and the opening "memory montage" even begins with a gradual ratio change. It's as if an invisible specter is adjusting the frame as the viewer is being drawn in, and it is this gentle switch of awareness that alludes to the sinister joyride ahead.
The theatrical poster, showcasing Michael Douglas' head unraveling into puzzle pieces, is in and of…
Immensely dark, intensely gripping & extremely unpredictable yet nothing more than just a game, David Fincher's follow-up to his darkest masterpiece is a meticulously crafted, cleverly layered & fabulously narrated mystery thriller that starts playing with your conscience from its opening moments, drops subtle hints throughout its runtime to give an insight of its structure & completely flips on you the very moment you think you've got it all sorted out.
The Game tells the story of a wealthy investment banker who on his 48th birthday, which is the same age when his father committed suicide, receives an unusual present from his brother - a voucher for participation in a "game" that will ultimately change his life. Hesitant at first, he eventually gives…
In The Game it's all about the ride. Accept this and you're in, decline it and you're out. David Fincher's film coming on the heels of his massive breakthrough Se7en, is a high-concept film, grounded by nifty, youthful talent. It's a fun, energetic and stylish twisty action thriller, pulsing and wild a ride. It's not exactly steeped in realism, but it's one that'll pick you up, jumble you around and give you a fantastic time if you're lucky enough to go with it.
Fincher is about style here as usual, but unlike most of this work where gripping entertainment becomes more by the end, the themes are beginning and the irrepressible fast-paced thrills play off of it. Turning a strange…
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David Fincher has always been a great admirer of Hitchcock; the influence could be seen in both his early and later films, including Alien 3. It was in the way he handled suspense and the methods on how his climaxes unfold that brings the attention of the Master of Suspense. The Game would be one of his most prime examples of Fincher utilising Hitchcock's methods, but doing so where it comes off as a homage rather than a rip-off. The familiar elements are there; the likeable and sympathetic leading man, a quality that actor Michael Douglas attempts to display a blend of Cary Grant's…
A movie so filled with intrigue and suspense, made beautiful by Fincher. Sure there may have been a few plot holes but the atmosphere and thrill it created was phenomenal.
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The Game is the story of a man who signs himself up for a mysterious game that eventually gets a bit out of hand and starts to affect all aspects of his life
I found the film's premise to be highly intriguing. It immediately hooked me from the start with its developed leading character and situations that built high levels of suspense and mystery. The adventure that our protagonist embarks on is for the most part interesting, it is during certain scenes during the middle passages that make the film feel a tad underwhelming, lacking the punch in character development and with events that is only carried by its…
The Game is North by Northwest meets Vertigo crossed with A Christmas Carol and a dash of The Conversation.
I'm not joking.
Despite this, it manages to run through a few twists and turns. I took notes on this film for a paper and most of my notes consisted of "WHAT IS GOING ON?????" It definitely could be confusing if you don't pay any attention to it.
If you like Fincher and allusions to Alfred Hitchcock, you'll probably enjoy this movie, but it's not for everyone.
thank u dad for your neo-Hitchcock movies
An incredible thriller with an original story. Nobody I know who has seen this 1997 masterpiece has ever said anything bad about it.
Never has a movie fucked with my mind as much as this one has.
I am completely blown away by how psychologically challenging this movie and how much it bends the viewers mind into twisting its own sort of game. One of the most underrated movies of Fincher and underrated movies period. This movie twists the rules of reality and puts you right in Michael Douglas's shoes.
For the entirety of the movie it puts the viewer in the most eerie and off putting sense I could even imagine. The creepiness factor is at an all time high even with Finchers standards. The concept is absolutely fucking brilliant. Maybe it's a case of me being hyped after watching the movie…
An underrated film, Michael Douglas is superb as always. Fincher doesn't get enough credit for this, honestly I really like this film and thought he did a great job on this.
Nice movie : Recommend to watch it
Very underrated. I think this movie is brilliant. Like a dark and twisted nightmare. It introduced me to Michael Douglas and Jefferson Airplane.
What was that? Very tense and unpredictable, a bit dark and extremely gripping, totally impressive! Young Sean Penn in white tuxedo is completely irresistible.
What the shit was this
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UPDATED: April 23, 2016
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