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From this point forward the movie drags for what seems forever. I was beginning to regret watching this movie. Looking back, though, I now know that this beginning helps us to more fully understand how boring and awful Nicholas's life is, and provides an excellent contrast with what happens later in the movie.
Nicholas is in a very upscale restaurant when a waitress (Deborah Unger as Christine) spills wine on his shirt. Christine is fired by the restaurant manager and leaves, very upset. Before you can say white rabbit, a waiter rushes by Nicholas' table and drops off a note that tells Nicholas to follow the girl. Prepare for the roller coaster ride.
Within moments Nicholas finds himself involved with an apparently dying man, then just as quickly he finds he is being chased by the police, and police dogs, and things just get worse and worse. The list of things to which Nicholas is subjected is too long to describe, and would leave you with no surprises.
Nicholas tries to figure out how to make all the action and events to which he is being subjected stop. Nicholas can't handle the loss of control. Further, the chaos of his experiences seems to follow no pattern or order. Eventually Nicholas gets back to where he thinks it all began for a showdown that left me surprised and amazed.Read more ›
I missed this movie in the theaters in 1997 but saw it immediately upon its video release and it instantly became one of my favorite thrillers. Michael Douglas is spot-on as an emotionally detached, wealthy investment banker given an unusual birthday gift from his younger brother. I actually prefer this performance over the similar but more bombastic role of Gordon Gekko. As Nicholas Van Orton, Douglas gets to breathe a full range of emotion into his character and he really makes the most of it. Sean Penn is great as usual as Van Orton's unstable brother Connie and Deborah Kara Unger turns in a strong performance as a mystery woman who may or may not be on Van Orton's side.
Where to rank this among David Fincher's other great films is hard to say (it's my 2nd favorite) but I would say that it is the most overlooked. I don't know if that's because of the simplistic name of the film, how it was marketed or something else entirely but like The Shawshank Redemption, it seem seems to be one of those films that most people discovered far beyond its initial release. Having just watched it again, I was delighted to see that it had not aged a bit - something that cannot be said of other films of the 90s which are already showing their age.
As I said, the film has never looked better. It was never given very good treatment on video as it was (and that's being charitable) but this version hits it out of the park. The dark scenes that dominate the film are more clear than ever and Fincher's use of colored light has dramatic impact.Read more ›
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I liked some aspects of this movie a lot. The buildup and mystery of CRS and the "game" was very well handled. Read morePublished 2 days ago by It Happens
Criterion Collection delivers and the movie was a surprise. When I first saw it it was a recommendation on Netflix and this release has more than I asked for.Published 6 days ago by Eric Lankford
I watched The Game many years ago, and this time it was a completely different experience. The way saw it then is the way I used to experience life, as ever increasing torture that... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Cgh
Very suspensful with a surprise ending! But for the same reasons, you won't enjoy it a second time.Published 10 days ago by Reader37
One of the most intense movies I've ever watched! More twists and turns than a pretzel.Published 13 days ago by S. Palmer
I love this movie so much- I'll watch it again and again. Truly 90s nostalgia and Michael Douglas plays the role of Nicholas van Horton so well. Read morePublished 13 days ago by alexandria71290
I really enjoy this movie. The twists are great and the ending is very interesting! Definitely recommend watching this.Published 15 days ago by Peter J. Evenson