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…
an engaging thriller, michael douglas is boring rich guy and hires some people to make his life interesting, but they go ham on him. theres some memorable twist and turns but the finale is pretty weak.
Michael Douglas is thrown into a thriller that is very frustrating yet very exciting and gripping! The company CRS is making a game for him that takes over his life. I won't spoil the ending but those who I watched it with hated it. I however liked how it totally and utterly flipped the switch on the whole story. Hard to explain without watching in all honesty but if you are a fan of mind bending thrillers then watch this.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
J. Walter Weatherman: the movie.
Part 3 of Fincher's Flinchers, in which I attempt to go through films directed by David Fincher because his other works have sparked great interest in me.
I appreciate that the film immediately intrigues you from the get-go, but fails to keep its audience engaged because the film isn't very well-written. I've also never been more unimpressed with a twist in my life until now, but I guess there really was no other way for the film to end without having to tie up loose ends. Needless to say, I'm disappointed.
My David Fincher marathon continues. There is so much that I liked about this film, yet, there is also so much that doesn't work. Fincher is great with creating suspense and energizing his twisted thrill ride storyline. However, the payoff at the end wasn't that great. Ultimately "The Game" is a film that thrilled me but left me asking myself "what was the point of all that ?" and "what does this all add up to ?" The answer is, unfortunately, not much.
I've decided to have a Fincher marathon of films I haven't seen from his filmography and I started off with The Game and this is a very intense and well-made thriller. But, the ending is garbage. It seriously sucks. Like really bad. Still a great movie though.
Very easy to see where films like 13 Sins, Nerve et. al got their inspiration from. Michael Douglas plays a businessman thrust into a game that leaves him fearing for his life.
It's a good plot with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing, the amount of times I thought one thing was going to happen but instead something else did really kept me on the edge of my seat.
Even better now after the third time since I've started noticing the amount of personal growth Michael Douglas' character goes through
David Fincher has made it clear in interviews that he believes people are perverts, to varying degrees, mostly in secret, but that it's a part of human nature and worth exploring on screen. His films almost always deal with people following others, spying, secrecy, the paranoia of being watched. The Game is his ultimate experiment in watching a mouse in a maze, a man unwittingly manipulated by an unseen, always-watching force and I believe it to be meta-commentary on a protagonist being watched (perhaps by you the viewer - *wink wink*), surrounded by "actors", and the futility of outrunning the eyeballs doing the watching. There's no deep meaning to it, just a straight-arrow formal exercise.
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