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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.
"I'm pulling back the curtain. I want to meet the wizard." ~ Nicholas Van Orton
Let's begin at the end. The choice of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" as the music to close this film with was absolutely perfect. All the way through, it messes with your mind , turning the streets of San Francisco into a diabolically escape-proof Wonderland or a disturbingly paranoiac Land of Oz.
It's probably best not to know too much about "The Game" before watching it. Just rest assured that director David Fincher is at the top of his own game here, with a great script by writers John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris. Michael Douglas is spot on in the lead role as wealthy investment…
happy fuckin birthday
Not as ridiculous in its style as Se7en or Fight Club, but not quite as great as his later stuff either. Douglas is the man.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film was fun but STRESSFUL. Michael Douglas was spectacular! The character seemed quite deep, due to the little detailed micro-expressions Douglas performed. I was planning on giving this film a four and a half until I got to the end...I found it very unrealistic, "Sorry, but you were turning into a real asshole" was a quite lame excuse and it concluded in very cheesy way, for a Fincher film particularly.
I guess the way the main character conviently fell into the traps was emphasising his simple and predictable nature?
But I feel it was all a big (exciting) build up to a twist that isn't very satisfying; probably because of the dark tone the build up gives.
Grips your attention and doesn't let it go until the very end of the film.
Finally (FINALLY!) got around to watching this.
Not Fincher's best, but the first half is really tight and I was a big fan. I think it falls apart a bit in the second half, but it's still a really strongly directed outing that feels clearly his own.
Not quite sure if this is successful? It's fine. Doesn't feel important, urgent, or necessary. Everything was very inconsequential.
Will anybody who reads this tell a mr. Benjamin Hector that he was right and I was wrong....
Or maybe he knows already.... And this is all one big 'Game'.
Go ask David.
Il thriller che fa da passaggio a livello tra l'ottimo Fincher di Seven e quello di Fight Club, presenta una struttura farraginosa e talmente sconcertante da non lasciare nessun appiglio benevolo allo spettatore. Questa sorta di storia punitiva per ricondurre sulla retta via di una vita più umile ha la capacità di indispettire più che di intrigare.
Di sicuro non aiuta un monotono Douglas.
David Fincher's NUTS IN MAY.
Think about it.
UPDATED: October 21, 2016
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