Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Game

David Fincher, 1997 (8.6*)
This is pure adrenaline pumping entertainment. Sean Penn has a wealthy brother, Michael Douglas, who does little but run his corporation. For his birthday (what do you give a billionaire who literally has everything?), Penn enrolls Douglas in a mysterious sounding "Game", which promises unique excitement designed for the participant.

What follows is far more than Douglas bargained for when he signs a release to waive liability in case he dies, which is a distinct possibility. When he tries to investigate 'the company', it's completely disappeared. Debra Kara Unger is the mysterious blonde who helps him escape gunfire and attempt to survive the Game. David Fincher (Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010)) always makes interesting and unique films that keep you glued to the plot, this one could be his best.


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