A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
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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Review In A Nutshell:
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…
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Much of The Game is presented as your stock standard thriller, with all the Fincher touches. Flashbacks flicker in our main character Nicholas Van Orton's mind, using old video footage to establish the tragedy that still lingers many years later. The vast, dim halls of his mansion are lonely, something that its elegance and luxury cannot hide. When he leaves the comfort of his wealth, he is bombarded with rubbish dumps and dirty back alleys, and sirens and street lights, overexposed, blast at his eyes. When he enters the hotel room that seeks to incriminate him, there is that cold blue tint, nearly as menacing as its contents, and Fincher uses a favoured technique; a flurry of inserts of sexually…
Genialer Film der einen immer wieder überrascht
Pero que pedazo de director Fincher...
Pues eso, es innegable la capacidad que tiene para atraparte en su historia y no soltarte hasta el final demostrando esa gran habilidad incluso en una de sus obras menores. La historia puede ser que este bastante atada con alambres y que sus giros tengan algún que otra trampita, pero insisto su virtuosismo tras la cámara es tan poderoso que estas irremediablemente, al igual que Michael Douglas, atrapado en su juego (valga la redundancia jeje).
This movie is great start to finish. Good suspense, and it keeps you guessing. Highly enjoyable.
One of my favorite Fincher movies. I honestly did not see where this was heading right from the get go. A downbeat, mind fuck of a movie that still manages to be really exciting.
I love my father David Fincher.
Loved it the first time I saw it, don't think it holds up. Once the surprise isn't a surprise anymore, the weaker elements of story and the performances become more obvious.
A must see all time favourite from David Fincher.
A twist too far? Great build up and storytelling
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