- Title The Game
- Director David Fincher
- Year 1997
- Run time 2hrs 9m
- Genres Thriller, Drama, Mystery
- Tagline What do you get for the man who has everything?
Successful San Francisco tycoon and control freak Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) approaches his forty-eighth birthday with some trepidation. For it was at this age that his father fell from his mansion roof and died. Nicholas receives an introduction to Consumer Recreation Services from his younger brother, Conrad (Sean Penn), and is informed that he is now playing 'The Game'. Nicholas soon finds himself losing control and threatened with the loss of not just his company and fortune but also his life.
Title: The Game Director: David Fincher Year: 1997 Run time: 2hrs 9m
Mr C had seen this one already, and remembered that he liked it, but couldn’t recall anything about it before. I hadn’t heard of it, but we were in the mood for something a bit different.
3:12 - Does anyone like watching other people’s home movies? Tough start to a film! 4:54 - Ooh, he doesn’t care about his birthday like we don’t. 7:35 - Loving babyface Sean Penn, by the way. 8:59 - It’s like a really posh TGI Fridays. 13:31 - Assuming that was his dad, that’s awful. No wonder he’s grumpy. 14:57 - Hullabaloo is an excellent word! 16:42 - “Humour me with specifics.” 18:52 - There is no way in hell I would do all these tests without knowing what for. And probably not even then. 24:49 - Connie is short for Conrad. Interesting. 26:35 - This definitely doesn’t seem like fun. 33:26 - You’ve got to be quite mean not to help a brother out with toilet paper, no matter how paranoid you are. 35:40 - “I’m sorry, you failed.” Jeez, business is harsh. 36:59 - Briefcase rage! 44:08 - The problem with having a key and not knowing what it does is that he’s plugging it into every single keyhole he finds! 49:16 - $2000 shoes! 56:10 - Always be wary of people you bump into, they slip things in and out of your pocket… so to speak. 1:04:01 - Argh, the worst bit is everyone thinking he’s going mad! 1:06:37 - They’ve ruined his nice house! 1:09:30 - I don’t know how to change a tyre either. Maybe I should brush up. 1:10:30 - Eek, the brothers have turned against each other. 1:15:30 - My god. Game is not the word. 1:17:45 - This woman is like Alfred the Butler. She knew his father. 1:24:46 - I don’t think he paid them to do that. 1:29:11 - So they already have his money, but he just said his account number out loud to her, has he not learned a thing? 1:36:10 - “No money, no identification, no passport… what happened to you?” 1:44:05 - I love that she would just give him her car to use, no questions asked. “Of course, if you need it.” 1:57:54 - I, er, I don’t think I breathed for the last few minutes. 2:00:03 - “I’m sorry about your car, I think I left it at the zoo.” 2:03:27 - I don’t understand why he would be grateful!
I enjoyed the film, the tense moments and the thrilling rollercoaster ride, and the twists and turns at the end really did have me on the edge of my seat. However, the conclusion had me a bit befuddled because I just can’t believe anyone would be okay with going through that for… a gift? It doesn’t make sense to me. That only took a little away from the film, though, because the rest of it was so intriguing.
Rating: 4 / 5