The Game

Film, Fantasy
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

Time Out says

San Francisco. Ruthless financier Nicholas Van Orton (Douglas) is a control freak who no longer knows the meaning of fun or friendship. When his estranged, addictive brother Conrad (Penn) enrolls him with Consumer Recreation Services for his birthday, his curiosity's aroused by the offer of a mysterious 'game' tailored to the needs of each participant. At first his application is rejected, but when, on TV, a newscaster starts talking directly to him, Nicholas realises the game's already begun and that his actions are being monitored and manipulated. As his privacy is progressively invaded and the situations in which he finds himself become ever more life-threatening, Van Orton tries to pull out of the game, but too late. Though the film's 'message' about complacency transformed by chaos and uncertainty is hackneyed, the alarming twists of the witty, ingenious script (by John Brancato and Michael Ferris) hold the attention throughout.

Details

Release details

Duration:
128 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
David Fincher
Screenwriter:
John Brancato, Michael Ferris
Cast:
Michael Douglas
Sean Penn
James Rebhorn
Deborah Kara Unger
Peter Donat
Carroll Baker
Armin Mueller-Stahl

Users say (3)

4 out of 5 stars