The Game (1997) is a mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher & written by John Brancato & Michael Ferris.
A rich ass banker is given an invitation by his brother to play a game. He proceeds & his life gets meddled with, weird shit starts to happen & he is unable to tell if its all part of the game or if its actually happening to him.
Well.. I wanted to like this one. The premise was really interesting but I did not like it. I was bored throughout the entire story. The protagonist played by Michael Douglas was unlikable & despicable. I guess that's kind of the point? But I still didn't give a shit about him. Performance wise, Douglas was great, but the character was just boring.
BUT, the character development is great, we see him getting more & more pissed off & angry & fucked up. Which I didn't like, but as part of the character development, I thought it was good.
I found myself using my phone throughout the whole thing cause I really just didn't care about this character & the story, like all the bad things happening to him, I wanted it to happen to him.
As for the story, the first act was interesting & the 2nd act started to get more & more intense as all the weird shit kept happening. But then as the 2nd act ends & leads to the 3rd act & the resolution, it went haywire & all the way to making me wanna click quit game or ALT+F4.
That ending was just disappointing, slightly predictable & unpredictable at the same time. But the predictability isn't the problem, it's literally just the ending. Even Fincher isn't proud of this. As far as direction goes, it was good but as a story this really failed to capture my interest. I gave a fuck & now I want it back.
The visuals were great though. The cinematography & the dark atmosphere laid out by Harris Savides was in tone with the story's theme.
The premise is similar to a newer film called Game Night (2018) which I did review a long time ago, its all the way down my page. Although very different genres & vibes, the premise is similar & I think Game Night is a far better film.
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eddictionz rating: 4/10 = Disappointing/Wouldn't recommend.
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