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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…
Nicholas Van Orton is an entitled and cynical rich investment banker who has become bored by his mundane life.
His estranged brother Conrad shows up on his 48th birthday to present him a gift, a voucher for Consumer Recreation Services.
Consumer Recreation Services works as a highly elite and expensive service that presents a game.
Nicholas goes to their offices and does a series of tests to be accepted into this cryptic game that he knows nothing about.
Once the game starts he falls into rabbit hole of paranoia that never lets up until the very end.
Michael Douglas puts in such an underrated performance as Nicholas.
It's so much fun watching a character this jaded and paranoid of everything.…
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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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…
It's a blast. Filmed like it's science fiction and that distance makes the absurdity exhilarating. 4/5 Awful Birthday Gifts
tedious as hell and i hated mike douglas' character
Could see, B-
The Game is a great film for about 120 minutes. Michael Douglas is fantastic, it has great direction and writing and I was constantly on the edge of my seat, with no idea of what could happen next. I was completely enthralled for a full two hours.
Then I experienced one of the biggest cop-out bullshit endings I've ever seen. I was ready to put this just behind Fight Club in David Fincher's filmography, but what they went with at the very end came so close to killing this movie. You could easily edit this movie to end right before the actual ending and it would be among Fincher's best finales. I had tears in my eyes with what was happening and what should have concluded the film. It totally undermines everything that came before it. Thankfully, everything before that kept my interest in a way I don't usually experience, but goddamn did it come close to being truly spectacular.
Boring and ineptly directed. Only directors with no vision shoot coverage....and by his own admission, he shot coverage because he couldn't come up with anything better. When you talk about shots in your audio commentary, it proves you completely lack the understanding what's important in a film.
“You know, I envy you. I wish I could go back and do it for the first time, all over again… Here’s to new experiences!“
Directed by David Fincher. The Game is a mystery film that doubles as a horror/thriller. It tells the story of a privileged investment banker who is given a mysterious birthday gift: a game that integrates in unsettling ways with his everyday life. As the lines between the banker’s real life and the game blur, hints of a large conspiracy appear. The beginning is slow, and the main character is like The Scrooge, but by the end you’ll be begging for answers.
It's taken me too long to get around to the only Fincher film left to date that I haven't seen.
The Game is pure thriller. While a victim of it's time a bit, at least in my eyes, it hits all the right notes, especially in making you feel comfortable/uncomfortable at times.
I think my favorite part about experiencing this movie was seeing what Fincher was creating, in terms of his style. While still a big studio budget movie made to put numbers on the box office in '97, Fincher has his stylistic touch imprinted throughout. The shots that come to mind immediately are the ones with his TV talking to him. The cinematography both before and after made me…
Although critics of the film often point to the ending of The Game as being utterly implausible, what is so unusual about David Fincher’s sophomore effort is that its dealing with reality is tenuous from the very beginning. It’s a gutsy move for a film to begin with several pronouncements that the game of the title is a phony experiment, and then try to mine suspense from the resulting chaos. One is practically begged to watch every moment with the uncertainty that it could all be a rouse—a problem to the sense of narrative stakes to say the least. Does it matter? Perhaps it is perfectly valid to watch the film from a distance, admiring the artifice of it all…
Well here's a game I wouldn't like to play. I spent my first 15 minutes post film walking around the house mumbling to myself: "why would you do that ? Why the fuck would you do that ? What kind of twat ?!!!"
I am genuinely so upset at the brother.
I sensed what this "game" was all about when I was about halfway through but still, I doubted everyone and everything. THIS IS SO TWISTED !!!
On a more "technical" note: solid performances, really good compelling thriller. It got me hooked !
Also not sure why I had never heard about this David Fincher film when in my opinion it surpasses quite a few of his other movies ?
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…
UPDATED: June 23, 2016
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