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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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…
I'm going to have to watch this again to come to a proper opinion. Definitely one of the most mind-boggling films I've ever watched.
Basically this movie is just the last 30 minutes of It's a Wonderful Life
I understand that the movie is really about emotional redemption, and that the logic gaps are all intentional and that the movie ultimately has the whole "all your misery is not without purpose" thematic elements to it, but there are two really big issues that I take with this:
1. I don't like it when directors tell you to re-assemble a movie for yourself at the very end. It's cheap and not fair to an audience. I suppose that means I'll never truly be a cinephile, but so be it. The ending of this movie basically tells the audience that the whole thing was basically…
Everybody has that movie that they pester their friends incessantly to watch.
The Game is mine.
It's a movie unlike any that I've ever seen that takes me along for the ride, which by the time it ends, I want to hop right back in line.
Vague spoilers below:
After watching Basic Instinct yesterday, I guess I was in a Michael Douglas thriller mood. And, like every sane person on this planet, I'm a big David Fincher fan. So those two elements just kinda naturally blended together into me watching The Game again.
The Game is good. The Game is very good. But it is definitely lesser Fincher. The acting is pretty uniformly great and the direction is of course on point, so the biggest problem is really the script with this one. It's not bad, but it doesn't quite live up to the rest of the movie.
To quote Basic Instinct:
Gus: It must really be somethin' -- makin' stuff up all the time.
Cinematography - 2
Direction - 2
Plot - 1
Script - 2
Connection - 2
Another solid movie from Fincher. As someone who loves mind games and cat and mouse as much as I do, I don't know why I didn't watch this movie sooner. I loved the look of this movie (especially the neon scene with the break-in). As intricate as this movie is, I never felt lost or found it hard to follow. The character building/arch of the main character was great and Michael Douglas's performance was in my opinion one of his best. I thought the movie did drag on a bit towards the end (around the 38th plot twist) and felt a bit excessive.
Total Recall via Wall Street. Really love this movie. Douglas puts in a great performance and early-ish Fincher is always a treat!
Fincher not being so Fincher. A good film. Stylish, well acted, intriguing premise, and one that keeps you guessing until the end.
The Game is really growing on me.
This time I saw it with a friend who hadn’t seen it before. It was incredibly amusing to witness the confusion and delight as Nicholas van Orton stumbled his way through Fincher’s immaculate plot-maze.
*jesse pinkman voice * DAVID FINCHER..,,,,,,,HE'S THE DEVIL
I did this a couple of years back before Gone Girl came out, but I thought since there's a lot…
Everyone else is doing it. No order because that's tricky.