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.
For the first, oh, I dunno, 2 hours or so of this thing I thought it was another Fincher genre sleepwalk like Panic Room or The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Then the final party scene happened and it hit me the same way the psychiatrist scene in Psycho does: There's something absolutely terrifying about seeing people converse casually about such personally dark (in this case, an attempted suicide resulting from a disturbingly complete deception on the part of friends and loved ones) events, especially when it is in no way clear that the danger is gone. It's especially haunting here since everyone seems so goddamn happy about everything, with the added subtext that in another, less intelligent version of this story this horror show would be Michael Douglas' triumphant redemption. Eek.
Of course, I know that's not how most people say they interpret the psychiatrist scene, but I have no way of knowing that they're real.
The concept is brilliant, but the film is so unemotional, it fails to really suck me in in the way I'm supposed to be sucked.
Nicholas is not a sympathetic character. At all. I did not care what happened to him, if he was in real danger or not, if he really lost his millions, etc. I could not put myself in his shoes for even a moment. Also, there was no chemistry between him and the woman, so I didn't even care if they hooked up in the end. And speaking of the end, I saw it coming from an hour and a half away. Then it keeps on going for about 5 minutes after it ends.
Oh well. I love the concept, at least. I just hate being told to feel sorry for characters who do not deserve any sympathy.
This is a wholly unemotional movie, and that is never a good thing.
My wankery take on the far-fetched, highly coincidental nature of David Fincher's 'The Game': Life is a game. "The game of life." When a customer takes part in one of CRS's experiential games, they claim to emerge reborn. Those who talk of their first game say that they wish they could do it again for the first time. So, the game is life for those who aren't really living. An extraordinary number of coincidences must occur to make up the necessary ingredients for life, both on a macro and micro scale. So…The Game represents those unlikely and unimaginable coincidences that somehow align themselves and ultimately result in us. Kismet.
"What do you get to the man that has everything."
'The Game' could be Fincher's most entertaining film to date, it has all the ingredients for a good time, action, drama, car chases, action, comedy, twists and turns and a good set-up and execution.
The entire film rested on Michael Douglas shoulders, and he doesn't disappoint, I could call this: the Douglas tour the force, He goes from one emotion to the other without been over the top or melodramatic. Douglas played perfectly the role of a man that is cold and takes for granted the simple things in…
It's all about mood with this film, and the mood is very good. Still don't love the film though.
This is pretty conventional for a Fincher film. No fancy camera work, not really a whole lot of eye popping cinematography, and pretty even keeled performances. What drives The Game is the mystery, that is what you are in this for. We honestly don't know if this is real, or if this is a game, and that is what keeps you in till the very last scene. I love the San Francisco setting (mainly because I have been there and am familiar with the city) I just think it is a excellent back drop for a movie. Not really too much more for me on this one, I do enjoy the film but after watching all his other work i find this to be pretty straight forward. But, it is the PERFECT film to watch on April Fool's Day! (other than April Fool's Day)
Un banquero, Nicholas Van Orton, recibe un curioso regalo de cumpleaños: Una tarjeta de invitación a CRS, una empresa que se dedica a crear un juego para cada uno de sus clientes.
Conforme la película avanza, el que debería haber sido una agradable sorpresa se convierte en una horrible pesadilla.
Una entretenida película que nos lleva a través de un enorme laberinto. Uno, donde los personajes entran y salen creando un universo por si sólo. Llena de momentos de suspenso que te hace cuestionar la magnitud de una empresa y la fragilidad de una persona en comparación.
Damn, I was so into the story... suddenly I wasn't... But then again I was. What the fuck?
On a side note: Douglas is the ultimate corporate richguy.
I'm so glad I'm not the kind of person who can't suspend their disbelief when it comes to movies, or even one who needs to use his brain, at all. Because I don't think I would like this film if I was.
Great film. Lots of suspense and an awesome psych thriller. Douglas always does great as a corporate big shot.
This is such a mindfuck.
Well crafted thriller. A very edge of the seat experience. Bonus - it makes you think a bit.
A falta de un revisionado necesario, sólido thriller, con grandes dosis de suspense, y dirigido con brillantez por David Fincher. El final me pareció algo tramposo, pero no empaña el resultado general.
David Fincher's paranoiac fantasy suffers a little from a lack of denouement, but that doesn't hold it back from being a genuinely enjoyable movie.
Ovaj film prvi put gledao sam prije dosta godina. Iako sam znao kako završava, svejedno mi je dosta toga isparilo iz glave pa sam u njemu mogao uživati skoro kao prvi put.
David Fincher napravio je remek djelo. Jedan od najboljih trilera 90-ih godina sa sjajnim M. Douglasom u glavnoj ulozi. Atmosfera je nevjerojatno napeta od početka do kraja, a tome definitivno pridonosi i iznimno psihodelična glazba koja nevjerojatno podsjeća na glazbu koju je Kubrick koristio u Oči širom zatvorene.
U svakom slučaju, ovaj film preporučujem svima - to je jedan od onih trilera koje naprosto morate pogledati prije nego što odapnete.