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Film Review - Game, The
It's important that you not know much about the plot of The Game before seeing it. It is best viewed in a complete story vacuum. The truth is, there's not much story, but the plot does continuously twist and turn to the point that you never know what will happen next.
Michael Douglas is the man playing the game. He's a man haunted by the memory of his father's suicide. He's also filthy rich to the point of not really being connected to the rest of humanity. Michael's brother (Sean Penn) gives him the game for a birthday, and then the "fun" begins. What follows is at times horrific.
It would be a disservice to speak further of the plot. The craft of this film is quite good. The settings around Michael Douglas' life are hollow in both the picture as well as audio. The filmmaker also made great use of the city of San Francisco, using locations rarely seen in movies.
When all is said and done, The Game should be seen at least once for the sheer suspense it creates. The characters are all this film has to rely on, and I applaud that there is a definitive end to Act 2, as most film these days don't. The trouble with the film is you can't watch it twice. As I said, if you know anything about the plot, there's no fun in watching.
Directed by David Fincher
Released in 1997
MPAA Rating: R
Reviewed by Mongo