Reviewed by: Candace Holtsbery
Astonishingly, “The Game” was not as “dark” as expected—the twists and turns in the plot were well written, and the acting and overall cinematic quality keeps one’s interest for 2 hrs… even in a 20 minute attention-span world! Michael Douglas again proves himself an excellent actor and the supporting cast was perfect.
Douglas is Nicholas Van Orton—an uptight, haunted, lonely, and ruthless businessman with a classic black sheep brother, Conrad (Sean Penn). It is his brother who gives Nicholas his escapist gift from a strange company, Consumer Recreation Sources (CRS). Though leery at first, Nicholas redeems his gift of the game and now reality, insanity, and danger takeover his once very controlled life.
Who can be trusted? What is reality? It is one twist after another… even the TV speaks to him, and nothing is as it seems …or is it????
The movie has much subtle comic relief and there are times we all just know “now this is a fake,” or do we?? In spite of some implausible scenarios, the writers take us on an adventure that is mesmerizing, so get your popcorn first!! You just don’t want to miss anything! A great combo effort of actors, director and writers will keep you glued to the seat!
So as to not spoil the movie, I cannot reveal the end. But I can say you will talk about it (like Finchers' last movie “Seven” but nowhere near as dark or depressing) except for the vulgarities and some violence. There was over two dozen uses of the “f” word and other crude language, as well as a few instances of the Lord’s name being used quite improperly. Most adults will enjoy the movie without feeling “dirty”. While there is some nudity (one bare butt polaroid photo) and the overheard audio portion from an unseen porno video, they (like much else in this film) is not real—sex is not really implied, but rather a set-up.
While this movie isn’t for everyone (some Christians may take offense to this), it sure is a wild ride and worth the ticket price! If you are able to see this, you will enjoy it!