In the beginning of The Game, we see Nicholas van Orton (Michael Douglas) as a successful man, living in a large mansion, and it’s his 48th birthday, the same age his dad had committed suicide by jumping of a building. Then, his younger brother (Sean Penn) visits him and hands him a birthday present called “The Game”, promising him it will change him and make his life more fun. Van Orton hesitatingly accepts, signs a large pile of papers and his life suddenly changes. His life falls apart, his pens start leaking, and then his briefcase won’t open. He gets blackmailed, his bank account gets emptied, and the next thing he knows, he’s trapped in an elevator.
Many physical details of The Game are impossible, but that doesn’t take away at the idea. The plot was well thought out and the characters had great actors playing the. Michael Douglas knew how to play the role of a rich, obsessive man. He can act terrified at certain times, and also angry at others. Deborah Kara Unger also gave a worthy performance. Her character knew how to act just innocent enough to trick Van Orton (and sometimes the audience) that she has no idea what’s going on.
The details of The Game were so well planned and anticipated that you sometimes wonder even it’s even possible. Then you would ask questions like, what if Van Orton jumped down on the other side of the building, wouldn’t he have died? But, that’s what makes the film so great. Another thing I want to mention are the camera angles. The film is perfectly filmed to show many little details to help the audience understand the film better.
**WARNING: SPOILER FOLLOW**
Now, despite what I just said, the one thing that I liked best about the film is the ending. This film’s ending was very good, showing how everything Douglas’s character had experienced was just part of The Game. The ending was much needed to show Van Orton, and the audience, how exactly The Game was planned, and who was part of The Game. The ending definitely surprised me.
One thing I thought didn’t make any sense at all in the film is why Van Orton didn’t call CRS and ask for them to stop the program. Also, what if Van Orton thought people were trying to steal his money? How could his brother risk the chance of having Van Orton think he’s losing his money? What if Van Orton called the police? Wouldn’t there be a lot of explaining to do? Instead, his brother only tells him it’s all part of the program at the very end, where he’s about to kill himself.
Here is my rating system. After reviewing every movie, I will rate the movie out of 5★ and out of 100 to let you know what I think of the movie.
5★(95-100): It’s an absolutely great movie that I would recommend to everyone, and definitely one worth watching.
4★(80-94): It’s a good movie that I would still recommend, but it’s just not exactly at the very top.
3★(70-79): It’s a movie that’s better than average, but still has its ups and downs.
2★(51-69): This movie is definitely under average. This movie is hard to enjoy and the director of this movie probably wasn’t even trying to make a good movie.
1★(50 and below): This movie is just complete utter bullshit, so much so that it makes me angry that I even watched it. The director of this movie was just drunk. This is the type of movie that will make you question your ability to pick a good movie. Instead of buying these types of movies, just donate your money to charity and you will be better off anyway.
My rating for The Game is 4★ and 83.
The Game is a very interesting film with a good idea, and it is definitely recommended for fans of Michael Douglas as The Game is one of his best performances.
*I hope you enjoyed reading this review as much as I did writing it. Thanks for reading!*