The Game puts a brilliant twist on the old “what do you buy a man that has everything? dilemma, and delivers a roller coaster ride of a thriller that keeps you biting your nails and guessing until the very last scene, which is one of those rare, perfectly executed climaxes that not only makes you say “wow,” it rejiggers everything that came before, dropping it all into its proper place (think The Usual Suspects).
Combine the intelligent plot with superb acting in all quarters and outstanding cinematography (thanks to David Fincher) and a big production budget, and you’ve got one of those “once in a while” movies that is just supremely satisfying. The Game really is that good.
The plot, in case you’re wondering…
Michael Douglas plays Nicholas Van Orton, a wealthy San Francisco banker, but he is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone. In the year of his 48th birthday (the age his father committed suicide) his brother Conrad (Sean Penn), who has gone long ago and surrendered to addictions of all kinds, suddenly returns and gives Nicholas a card giving him entry to unusual entertainment provided by something called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS).
Giving up to curiosity, Nicholas visits CRS and all kinds of weird and bad things start to happen to him. Bad turns to worse turns to absolute chaos, with his entire life being thrown into a seemingly inescapable maelstrom.
The Game starts out slow, but with good purpose, and once it gets going, it doesn’t let up. You won’t be disappointed.