The Game (1997) - Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality.

IMDB: 7.8
Director: David Fincher
Stars: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger
Length: 129 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 81 out of 587 found boring (13.79%)

One-line Reviews (458)

'Panic Room', while not as excellent, is still a highly entertaining thriller.

This film is very enjoyable, and may appear to be like no other story.

A psychological thriller that is genuinely mysterious and constantly taking turns at unexpected points.

What is initially complex and intriguing takes a route into a more confusing and muddled path that doesn't entirely add up.

Worst movie ever.

I found the movie draggy and boring.

Entertaining .

I, too, have been looking at the opinions of others, and should warn the first-time viewer that although it is all hugely enjoyable and intriguing, it is, at the end of the day, just a piece of very well-made, thoroughly gripping hooey.

I was bored halfway through wishing I had chosen the night's movie and not let the hubbs.

It is nowhere near as exciting as we would have anticipated, and I felt somewhat cheated on by this underwhelming finale.

The movie is soo BORING and not credible.

david fincher is probably more famous for his more recent works like fight club, but this movie is also up there amongst the very few enjoyable and interesting movies in the last 20 years.

We got it back with A Christmas Carrol and It's a Wonderful Life—why did we sit through this tedious movie just to hear old news?

the piano track that was used repeatedlyOverall: A few issues here and there do little to dissuade 'The Game' from being a finely plotted and crafted film, with outstanding performances, fluid cinematography and a typical 'Fincheresque' attention to detail (even if you do need to significantly suspend your disbelief for the sake of a compelling story).

Micheal Douglas plays the same boring victim he has played in all of his other movies in the past 15 years(with the exeption of Falling Down "1993".

It mixes the gripping ideas of producer David Fincher with the representation of a great main character by Michael Douglas.

2hr waste of time.

Wanna absolutely waste two hours of your life?

At the end (major spoiler ahead), Douglas stands on the edge of a skyscraper with a gun.

He manages to craft his most suspenseful film to date and having Michael Douglass run around trying to solve the mystery helps the case.

This movie is really very thrilling.

having said all that, the movie is still brilliantly made, and in-fact for the above same reasons is a stand-out in the otherwise boring hollywood action-thriller genre.

One of the most engaging films I have ever enjoyed.

What follows is entirely unbelievable, very boring and did not surprise me in any way.

Thankfully, I knew what I was going in for, so when I watched it, I enjoyed it.

Douglas is impressive as a mogul who is thrown into a dangerous game of life in this exciting, well written mystery thriller.

In the same mood as se7en, intelligent and thrilling.

What this company provides is a game that will control your life and promises a thrilling experience that you've never felt before.

What follows is an engrossing roller coaster ride with enough twists and turns to keep you at the edge of your seat during the course of its runtime.

The rabbit hole of confusion is continually re-introduced by the enticing Debra Kara Unger and the suspense ensues.

In both, a brother wants to give his brother an exciting birthday "present": the giving brother hires a theatrical group to secretly entertain his brother on his birthday.

Overall I give this film a 6/10, because it is a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the dramatic finale.

It keeps you on the edge of your seat for most of the action scenes, and it keeps you wondering, up until the very last minute, what the hell is going on.

Or then, it may be too intelligent and difficult to follow for casual popcorn eating viewer..8/10

Well, to best honest I enjoyed it, regardless of how bad and unrealistic the ending was.

The Writing, in the first-hour, especially, is so engrossing & captivating, that it hardly gives you a chance to move your eyes from the Screen.


I really too liked the story and thrilling mood from director David Fincher.

This has probably got to be his most under seen work along with Zodiac, and its one of his most intriguing.

The Game is a good thriller, and an entertaining watch.

THE GAME is suspenseful fun for all.

It is a very thrilling movie as we see a man get involved with an organisation that he can not seem to get himself out of.

The Game is an exciting Hitcock-like yarn, with a principled message of wealth and youth, it's a fantastic thriller with amazing twists and turns from David Fincher.

Slick, ominous, suspenseful and compelling .

Thrilling and chilling.

So Nicholas tries the service out, and one by one his life starts to get creepy, unpredictable, and very strange in very unusual ways.


Just when you think you got the plot right it turns around again and you have no clue what is about to happen next, that is the most intriguing part of this movie.

It actually bored me so much I was simultaneously reading a magazine until about the last 15 minutes.

It gets so tedious that I actually skipped three or four chapters onthe DVD.

An intelligent, gripping drama, filmed with crisp efficiency .

It's worth watching again!

I nominate it for the 'ride of your life' award, because it sure is a ride, and you'll be sitting on the edge of your seat once it starts twisting and turning.

A Thrilling Tale, though it May Fall Flat, .

The ending was not a big surprise to me (probably the weakest part of the movie), but many of the twists and turns were, so overall I thought it was pretty gripping.

The previous sentence you just read is how you will feel like when you watch the movie: bit confusing.

It is utterly unlikely and boring.

it was quite suspenseful to my 16 year old mind which hasn't seen many of the movies of the past with similar approaches and tricks.

THE GAME is a compelling, twisting thriller which deserves to be see by everybody immediately.

Silly, stupid and predictable .

It is more than two hours and the first hour nothing happens.

Chock-full of twists and turns till the very end, it's worth watching for its pure thriller value alone.

But I guess everybody knew after he opened the empty fridge.

A gripping mystery with the victim of the dangerous game played efficiently by Michael Douglas keeps you on the edge throughout the run time except the last five minuets.

Another negative is how slow the movie is to get going, in the sense that it really doesn't.

Engrossing thrill ride .

As such, any second viewing would most likely be pointless, since then you'll know that all the posturing of the slow-burn build up leads to something completely empty.

Ultimately frustrating and possibly David Fincher's worst movie .

Se7en is probably the best thriller I've ever seen, Panic Room is pretty exciting and I've heard a lot of good things about Fight Club.

As is the case with David Fincher, the film is visually stunning, with intriguing shots and camera angles and bold, stylish colours.

For it to be an entertaining movie of the mystery genre, the game Douglas is playing would have to be entertaining.

As gripping as it gets.

All in all, there were some nice ideas and sub-plots that, if followed up, could have led to a much more entertaining film.

They're so fixed on making sure their movies have some sort of cliché, pretentious social commentary they forget that watching a movie was once, dare I say it, a fun thing to do.

Very unpredictable, I must add.

There is one thrilling scene after another.

Where he goes, jumps, runs, shoots, etc..The Game is boring.

This movie as gripping as they come.

The first 30-45 minutes are a bit slow.

The story is intriguing, the performances are good and the production values are great.

The concept of the movie is quite entertaining.

Complete waste of time .

A birthday gift from his estranged brother sends him to a mysterious organization that plays exciting, life altering "games" witht heir customers.

The 'big twists' were rather predictable I found, and I was just left thinking, 'What a horrible thing to do'.

A thriller that is actually thrilling?

Boring, to say the least.

Deborah Unger and character actor James Rebhorn try valiantly to inject some life and Douglas and Penn do what they do best, but ultimately it's an empty exercise.

The plot is deeply contrived and contains a huge amount of x-factors which no psychological tests could predict.

It's a very intense movie, with terrific action sequences.

There are many very good moments in this movie, and it is, over long periods, simply thrilling.

The Game is a mysterious and suspenseful thriller.

All in all, its a fascinating movie, really worth seeing, even if it does resemble a British mini-series from the eighties called 'the one game'

The most exciting part of the story is probably the ending, when Nicholas realizes that the whole story was just a try from his brother to make him more natural and change his type of a greedy businessman.

Don't waste your money, not even on a 99-cent bargain rental night.

It's an intriguing film concept; a cold-blooded corporate exec submits to a proposition that forces him to function as a puppet on a string.

I had a hard time believing that Michael didn't suspect her being involved from the very beginning, there was so much engaging 'stuff' in this film it didn't really matter.

The fact that Nicholas did not check Conrad's "body", but they still showed Conrad's back of the shirt have the blood pack is quite intriguing.

The ending was really unexpected,just when you thought it's over,it's just really getting started.

Although the finale is a bit flat (but highly unexpected) and it had its inevitable boring moments, I strongly recommend this one as I enjoyed it a lot overall.

This film was scattered, unbelieveable and boring.

But I must say that the event sequence cleared up to be most unexpected and most beautiful.

This is one of the most entertaining, interesting movies I've seen in the last few years.

It's dark, unpredictable and unrelenting.

The premise of The Game is fine: a mischievous brother of a bored businessman finds a company that offers the customer a roller-coaster ride of an experience...

This movie received my thumbs up and I thoroughly enjoyed it an 8.5\10

The Game is a terrific moody thriller with a very intelligent and unpredictable plot.

The content is cheap and the rhythm is slow.

Entertaining and clever .

this was a thrilling action packed movie that even found me biting my nails.

"The Game" is entertaining.

One of the things that can make this an enjoyable movie-going experience is taking some friends along who like to probe deeper meanings.

It was very fascinating to watch, some things were very unexpected.

It is too clever for its own good and has a few too many plot twists to sustain and it all comes down to an overloaded, bloated, confusing letdown.

I really feel that had the film-makers speeded up the drawn-out parts of the film, and spent a little more time making Van Orton look like the horrid guy he was supposed to be at the beginning, the ending would have made much more sense.

So movie was exciting and there were action,adventure,mystery,thriller,drama in the movie.

The key is to enjoy the joke, and the ride, at the same time - and in enabling the viewer to do this, 'The Game' is perhaps his most successful (and least pretentious) work.

If it were to happen a little slower with a few more transition I would find it more pleasurable.

So they knew exactly how this guy would react, in a moment of extreme emotional torment, because humans are so predictable at the best of times, let alone under extreme emotional duress.

When Nicholas first attended CRS, it was disorganized, riddled with odd and even pointless question regarding the physical and physiological, all good factors serving as forefronts to distract him, with enough time for them to make him their pawn.

Ok, a boring stupid game.

What if you were bored with your life, and all of a sudden, your life becomes an action movie where you have to work hard just to survive?

Van Orton lives a well-ordered life - until an unexpected birthday gift from his brother (Sean Penn) destroys it all.

At the end of the film, we learn how the real game is played, as though one big joke has been played on us through the entirety of the movie, as Douglas too, but it's an exciting and maddening ride getting there.

Interesting how times change - in a more recent film we would surely have expected more from "Christine" (a fascinating enough character played here by Deborah Kara Unger) - in this respect some of our wishes go rather unfulfilled!

) boring life as he lives alone in his large mansion and is bored of all around him.

It keeps you hooked, and it gets confusing at times.

And so begins a long, perilous, and unimaginably entertaining psycholgical mind game where Nicolas' life doesn't just turn upside down, it turns inside out.

dumb, confusing, and overrated .

The first half hour or so was slow and boring, and the movie seemed far less entertaining than it ended up being.

Contrived sadistic thriller .

The movie had my attention most of the way through, but it also got a bit boring a few times.

If you want a gripping thriller, go for this one.

Mind Boggling!

Enjoyable film about a lonely millionaire (Douglas) who receives a strange birthday gift from his brother (Penn) that puts his life in danger.

Thrilling and entertaining, The Game certainly does not shine as much as some of Fincher's other work, nor is it as enjoyable as Michael Douglas' previous thrillers, but I would still say it is worth the watch if you are looking for a good Mystery, just do not go out of your way to see it.

The story is cool and the events that unfold really put you in his shoes with his confusion and bad luck.

"The Game" is an engrossing, white knuckler of a movie--the best kind of intense suspense plots.

Proof that this picture is so engrossing for a wide array of tastes is that I saw it at my mom's and she ended up enjoying it as much as I did, even though I took her to see last year's Fight Club, also by Fincher, and she ended up walking out of the theater by the end of the first half hour of that picture, saying, "I'll wait for you outside.

It's too complicated to explain, but exciting enough to watch.


You really feel the increasing anger and confusion that the main character (played by Michael Douglas) feels as the film progresses.

He makes even a stock shot of an airplane landing fascinating.

Two other elements contribute to elevating The Game above the average mystery tale: a truly unpredictable, phenomenal ending, in pure Fincher tradition (well, at least until he made Panic Room), and the great work by the leading men, Douglas' paranoid desperation slyly erasing all hints of typecasting (after all, this is not the first time he has played someone who is being manipulated; in fact, one scene explicitly spoofs one of those previous movies) and Penn's smug anarchy anticipating director's masterpiece, Fight Club, and its central character, Tyler Durden (without a doubt Brad Pitt's best role to date).

A classical mind blowing.

Thrilling, smart, classy, and chalked full with detail, this movie has got it all and more.

Tedious and unconvincing .

Always keeping you on the edge of your seat, `The Game' is a brilliantly crafted psychological thriller with a cool scenario.

Essentially, The Game is an interesting and fascinating film.

It got to a point where any single character couldn't be trusted, and it made it all the more gripping.

Paranoiac, thought-provoking and highly entertaining thriller.

I mean it becomes predictable everything will be safe and this is where the movie loses its mark.

THE GAME is one heck of a great film, as I give it a well-deserved score of 9 because it's so well written and entertaining.

On the other hand there is a great plot, along with a brilliant direction and nice performances that compensate these aspects and even make it one of the most intelligent and suspenseful movies I've seen so far.

The guy is just meticulous and entertaining when it comes to the thriller genre.

Watching him discover secrets and clues was all the more thrilling with his top notch acting.

I mustn't spoil the movie, but it is stunning.

Good, but can be confusing.

I have to admit the whole premise of putting your brother through all that as a "birthday present" is pretty perverse, but even having already seen the movie, I still thought it was gripping and brilliantly made.

I was surprised, after reading some of the comments, how much most everybody thought this movie through when all the confusion was over.

The pacing from Conrad's invitation on is perfect and to see the way Michael Douglas's in-control businessman is turned inside our by what he sees as 'depraved children' is very engrossing.

This may be even one of the most unpredictable movie you'll ever see in your life!

The sequence of events were definetly contrived and could cast doubts on it's realism.

Keeps you on the edge .

I enjoyed it today just like I did, ahem...

Mind you I still rated this film 6 out of 10, but only because it was truly engrossing throughout 80% of the film if you allow yourself to be sucked up by it's dark overtones.

He finds real levels of panic and desperation in his performance here that are fascinating coming from such a normally controlled actor.

Awful, terrible don't waste your time.

Whilst the end is powerful and gripping, you're still telling yourself in the back of the mind...

This film is gripping to the end, anyone who criticises it is not seeing it for what it is.

Fincher's direction is ambitious and also very good, while the film's pace is brisk, the script is well crafted and the story is a great idea and is very gripping up until the ending.

If we knew he was afraid of heights or of suicide, or of failing to be perfect, the things occurring to him might seem more intense.

This intriguing thriller then becomes too neat and loses its vice-like grip in an ending whose tidiness spoils what was until then a dark, scary and baffling film.

For most of the running time I found THE GAME rather compelling entertainment similar to TOTAL RECALL without the high body count and sci-fi elements and though everything disintegrates with the revelation I do recommend THE GAME as entertainment mixed in with a redemption plot

The film's opening sequence, set to a quiet, somber piano piece sets the tone to a thriller that will impact us emotionally, as well as jerk our adrenaline.

His film repertoire is very impressive and it is enjoyable to see one of his early works such as this film and see how he has grown from it.

It just ruins so much of the movie, especially because the moment the definite end of the movie is reached, it feels empty.

Plus I thought the end was cheap and way to full of holes** Spoilers ahead ** As mentioned before, I liked how it started out, was intriguing, you definitely get the feel that the lengthy interview process and all the details within would be used against him later on, and they certainly are.

I can only suspend my disbelief so far and The Game is about a mile beyond that, the original idea of a man who is bored of life's activities intrigued enough to sign up for a "game" without any idea what it's about.

As long as one can suspend one's disbelief for a couple of hours, the film is a thrilling ride, full of twists, turns and interesting tricks.

Of all the movies by Mr Fincher this has to be the most predictable twist.

This movie is really original and entertaining.

Douglas is pretty good as the increasingly stressed-out businessman, Penn is good too and the whole thing is taut, gripping and excruciatingly enjoyable.

In my opinion, "The Game" is an absolutely breathtaking film and a great mix between an innovative concept and huge acting.

There are some exceptionally good action scenes and some carefully crafted talk scenes that always move the film forward at breathtaking pace.

The main reason that his number was up was due to his intense fear regarding his father's suicide at age 48, which is the age Nicholas finds himself at in the beginning of the movie and the fact that he might be destined to follow in his father's footsteps, or cursed in that respect, if one believes in curses.

It was so drawn out.

An intriguing 9/10.

It was a good and exciting movie until the end.

For example, the clown in the opening of the movie was fully grounded in The Game, but in any other movie would have just looked like a cliché prop.

For people who say that the somewhat sappy wrap-up at the end makes them feel "cheated," they ought to consider that this movie makes you think while at the same time taking you for a rip-rollicking, good suspenseful-thriller ride.

Unfortunately, Hitchcock would have ironed out the plot holes before he filmed the movie, because despite being a suspenseful film, the plot holes are unbearable, kind of negating all the suspense and belief in the film.

Intense Movie that keeps your mind on its toes .

The producers may claim that that THE GAME is more of a journey than a destination whereby the audience are transported somewhere but the more you think about the plot at the end of the line the more the audience will complain that the journey was a little too contrived to be worth going back on the same route !!!!

It's a thrill ride that always keeps you guessing, yet it's enjoyable and keeps you glued.

It was rather to create an exciting ride into the realm of cinematic magic, a world where reality and fiction dance together as elegantly as possible.

" 2 other movies that wear you out with pointless plot-twists and reversals.

let's just say,the film is suspenseful,action packed and filled with twists ans turns that will keep you guessing.

'The Game'is unforgiving, the script is contrived and lacks a big dose of logic.

I was just glad for the entertaining diversion and a thrilling ride.

The journey is entertaining per se.

It holds a great sense of suspense, and seems to be filmed effectively, in a very suspenseful way.

The cab into the water, any slower reaction, and Nicholas could really be drowned in the water.

It was enjoyable as he started to become paranoid about who was in on it, what was going on, etc...

All the revelations are concentrated in the last few minutes without which the film would be a deadly bore also because Douglas is dull and unpleasant.

But this one is somewhat predictable and keeps changing as if it can't make up it's mind.

More in a "I could have done the laundry in the time it took to watch that pointless movie!

I could forgive the innumerable plot holes and general dumbness of this alleged thriller if I could actually feel some interest in pompous businessman Nicholas Van Orton's (a particularly dull performance from Michael Douglas) fate.

By far the most engrossing movie I've ever watched.

During this very elaborate plot I went through different emotional states from confusion to understanding, rage and finally shock.

Because really you don't see any complex plot twist, and the the film is thrilling and suspenseful with a hard and direct pressed acting performance from Douglas.

The film is great as it is before the final development (which is very unexpected), after which it is amazing.

I wasn't disappointed, I got a very entertaining film.

Dark, thrilling, entertaining, complex and great acted.

Riveting, from start to end - David Fincher does it again after his slick & grim thriller, Se7en.

And seeing it again time is truly a waste of time.

The story is very smart and entertaining.

This said, it is quite entertaining - a roller-coaster ride of a movie.

The mad-kick answers are far more satisfying than expected, with Fincher crafting the illusory suspense into a leisure-class nightmare of panic and confusion.

A superb, tortuous and suspenseful thriller .

This is definitely a roller-coaster film that never lets up, throwing nonstop intensity your way, continually remaining unpredictable and serving as the ultimate movie-going escapism.

Super entertaining .

It is a psychological movie that really kept me in suspense until the end OVERALL I RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE with a MIND BLOWING ENDING!!!

" Yes, these are all Fincher films (as is the brand new American version "Dragon Tattoo" flick and the riveting "Se7en").

All in all, it is a very good film, yes with its foibles but it is an intriguing idea constructed in an entertaining way.

Basically, nothing is what it seems and the whole perception of reality and normal life is subverted in THE GAME, which starts off with a typical businessman in a typically dull life and soon goes off in some very strange directions indeed.

Even the cinematography is mundane and tired.

But it gets a little bit too thrilling...

Eventually he will get around to some truly profound notions of narrative folding, and then his apprenticeship with welding style to narrative will be really effective and worth watching.

Gripping Game From Start To Finish .

After a slow start it gripped my up until the fantastic ending.

This film is a depiction of a total waste of time and money, and as such itself becomes a total waste of time and money.

Still I'm giving this a 6 because, for most of its running time, it is exciting, fast-moving and fun.

It may heavily border on surrealism at times, but still remains very enjoyable and highly tense.

The story moves along briskly and economically, Van Orten fighting to retain control (his biggest fear being to lose control) of a situation that escalates rapidly in a series of adrenaline rushes.

Highly entertaining and tense.

As I left the theater all I heard from people was "wow - that was great.

Thrilling, Exciting, Attention Grasping until just before the end .

Good-looking and exciting thriller ruined by a horrible ending .

This is a movie with an engrossing script, excellent acting and flawless direction.

Expected end in an unexpected way .

This is a strange film, and one that is hard to follow at times because it is so unexpected.

An exciting exercise in impossibility.

At last, it was one of the most entertaining movies I've ever seen.

absorbing thriller .

The best thrillers have two things: growing tension and an unpredictable plot.

Constructed and boring .

Mind thrilling with fun entertainment and suspense.

The yawn count was high.

The idea is fascinating, and the way each of the events continues to draw Nick into a more and more complex fantasy is unique and endlessly amusing.

But the director lost focus, seemingly more concered with the boring action sequences.

I really enjoyed it.

First of all the Truman Show has Jim Carrey (a clown 'actor' - his 'acting' abilities are badly shown up here), this has Micheal Douglas, the Truman show is totally boring and unintelligent, this is entertaining and intelligent.

falling 100+ stories through the roof of a huge ballroom and landing on an air cushion, then standing up and suddenly the past week of confusion, frustration, and near-death experiences is completely gone.

It slowly builds, and is a very intriguing film.

In fact, even though the ultimate point of this movie is the twisting and turning and epic ending, and this time I watched it with the understanding of the plot, I STILL enjoyed it immensely and would still recommend it as highly.

The film did feel too muddled for its own good, there was a sense that they were making it confusing for its audience because they did not know where they were going with it.

I enjoyed it the same way you would enjoy a good firework show.

This dark and unrelenting journey through loss and manipulation had me on the edge of my seat in the theater.

The plot (if a little far-fetched at times) is gripping and what can only be described as 'pure film'.

While "The Game" does not offer profound solutions, it does provide an engaging story about the problem.

But it is still suspenseful and frightening and believable long enough for you to be taken in completely.

Any one looking for a mind blowing thriller and mystery.

In The Game, Michael Douglas plays a middle-aged, lonely and slightly bored executive.

This cut version just makes it seem totally based on chance and therefore stupid and contrived.

Like all Fincher films, he creates a sense of action that is not obvious, but is as exciting as a regular action movie.

this whole movie is a waste- a waste of time to watch it and a waste of time, talent and money for those that did make it but could at least have done a much better job if only someone really tried.

Its a very intriguing tale of a birthday gift, very unique in its nature, from a younger brother, who his elder brother feels is a failure in life, to his elder brother, for whom success in the world is the only thing he wants, and who has spent his life chasing these worldly goals, and has forgotten to live.

THE GAME was an incredibly intense psychological thriller, one that keeps you guessing at what's real and what's not.

Twisty-turny thriller makes for compelling viewing .

It was amazing and has a mind blowing ending.

Fast Paced Puzzle Box .

THE GAME takes you for a suspenseful thrill ride .

The Game is a great, suspenseful, fun, ingenious, crafty and original film.

This film is very original and exciting, and will have many twists and turns throughout the whole film.

This movie is very suspenseful!

So many movies bore me with their predictable plots and over-used finales.

There are always unexpected events happening.

This is one of the best movies from 1997, it is intelligently done; and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end.

A business man is given a birthday present by his brother to play a game which turns out to be something unexpected and horrifying for him.

Very enjoyable and underrated .

'The Game' falls directly into that category, and is particularly unrewarding given the awful plot twist and horrific ending, which makes the rest of the film feel like an even bigger waste of time.

It is one of the most inventive, unusual, weird and unpredictable films of the '90s.

I saw this after I had seen Se7en and the fact that Fincher had direct Se7en the most staid and plodding film I have seen in a long time and the awful Alien3.

Up to the point where this "surprise" is revealed, I'm on the edge of my seat, rooting for our man Douglas to beat the enemy and prevail as the hero.

The gift involves Nick signing up for a mysterious company which offers a 'game', which in turn offers participants a series of surprises that 'provides whatever is lacking' in their mundane life.

Nicholas Van Orton, a successful businessman lives a good life until an unexpected birthday gift from his brother destroys it all.

From the word go, it felt more like a B movie with ridiculous plot twists that are more contriving than intriguing.

Well, of course, you could watch The Game again and again, but once you know how it all ends, doing so becomes a little pointless.

The casting of Michael Douglas and Sean Penn was inspired and the story is compelling to say the least.

Contrived, nonsensical balderdash .

A lively and exciting puzzle-gimmick thriller!

This is a very good and thrilling film.

The film was silly, unbelievable and very predictable.

Michael Douglas gives a brilliant performance as a man who is bored with his predictable life.

This film, so long as you have no prior knowledge of the plot, is one of the most intensely engaging cinematic experiences of the past quarter-century.

Yes, I feel cheated after having been manipulated with so much suspense and tension, and then all resolving in such "dull" way.

It is one of the most exciting and riveting films of recent memory.

Over and over we see him confront ludicrous obstacles that are so contrived and improbable as to be silly.

This thriller is intelligent, fast-paced, exciting, and involving.

He knows nothing about it or the rules, but we're led to believe that his rather empty, wealthy life has left him with an overwhelming ennui, so this slightly rash decision on his part was sort of credible.

`Deadly Entertainment' The Game: rated R, 1 hour and 28 minutesThe incredible Douglas and Penn combo, along with the thrillingly unpredictable action sequences, are what make The Game such a great, ‘edge of your seat' experience.

We had a suspense crime drama with exciting plot twists and a Scrooge-like protagonist getting his comeuppance, so far so good.

Wealthy and bored man convinces himself that seeming naive game can turn out to be his worst nightmare.

THE GAME is very entertaining and especially original.

The most unpredictable film ever.

Michael Douglas brings the style, Sean Penn brings the edge to this gripping tale.

Following Nicholas Van Orton, played by Michael Douglas, we are introduced to a wealthy yet insular and empty individual.

)BUT--it isn't because just like The Fight Club, Sixth Sense, the usual suspect and other movies before/after it, the entire movie hinges on an unexpected ending.

But the flaws dont even matter bc it is so exciting and thrilling that you forget about the flaws.

Thrilling, touching movie .

Boring, uninvolving, silly and pointless.

But this was still thoroughly enjoyable: the big picture premise is truly mind-bending and impressively creative.

Totally engrossing.

His character Nicholas Van Orton goes a little past cliche, which is nice.

very intense .

And that final "wow' ending (Think of this movie as a really long tedious sermon) matters more than any internal logic.

+Douglas +Gripping story, eye popping +Fincher tone and writing -Ending is a big disappointment -Douglas was put into too many dangerous situations for my liking 7.1/10

It's so enjoyable to watch a control freak like character like Van Orton, pushed in weird to uncontrollable situations, gradually building the suspense.

A lively and exciting puzzle-gimmick thriller.

Very unexpected allthrough.

One would have expected something a little more exciting from the director of `seven' than this curious psychological thriller, a mix of role play and psychotherapeutic `Surprise surprise', based on a plot which is more cunning than thrilling.

You're virtually on the edge of your seat waiting to discover the truth...

Michael Douglas seemed bored in his role, proving that he can't really cut it any longer as the lead male in an action thriller.

Extremely pleasant little psycho thriller with fresh script and chilling moments, but actually who would expect Fincher to do something bad or dull?

Certainly not--films that have a singleprotagonist following the truth with the rest of the world disbelieving are so common, they're beyond cliche.

Brought on by his movie brother, Sean Penn, this amazingly elaborate intervention contains a multi-layered, thrilling plot, invigorated by the family theme or motive behind the ruse.

It's crazy and exciting and certainly baffling for a viewer--which is part of the game, actually.

He is in fact very dissatisfied and bored by life.

The movie makes you think and keeps you on the edge until the very end.

Even if you guess the end of the movie, or you think is predictable, it is still original.

Suspenseful and Thought-provoking.

"The Game" is, to say the least, very, very exciting, despite the...

)The great thing about the movie is that tells the story of a man who has all the material trappings of success, but he's basically a prisoner of his own life, having gotten unknowingly trapped into plodding along like an ox turning a millstone with no way to escape because his own mind is the trap.

At two hours and eight minutes it runs way, way too long.

The film is full of interesting settings from Nicholas' mansion, to a Mexican border town, to meetings in coffee shops, to cabins in the woods, but despite the actual events taking place being very entertaining to watch, the film never really establishes what truth it is trying to convey.

At some point, I felt that the whole scheme scenario simply got a bit repetitive and at the end it was also one twist too many for my taste when he "shot" his brother.

I can truly say I have never regretted not walking out of a film as much as this one in my whole life, two hours of watching paint dry would have been a much more fulfilling and worthwhile experience.


When you think you know what's going on, something totally unpredictable happens and the mystery's back, all over again.

"What a waste of time!

This movie is a waste of time.

Ending is a real let-down particularly when an obvious window was there for a more intriguing and intelligent conclusion, although I suspect that popular tastes are the cause of this problem.

It made me happy to think that a lot of people are still capable of absorbing material without blindly accepting it.

For the next hour after the game begins we, as the viewers, are taken on a long journey filled with on-foot and car chases, shootouts, kidnapping, explosions, and other cliché and typical action sequences.

It's an engaging puzzle that has to be worked out, so `The Game' is quite possibly the best psychological `rubix cube' thriller in years.

On his 48th birthday (the same age his father committed suicide) his brother (Sean Penn) gives him a coupon for CRS (Consumer Recreation Services), a company that gives bored rich people the experience of a lifetime.

I would highly recommend it.

Very few movies succeeds in encapsulating such a compelling plot that consciously subverts the intellect.

This movie has so many plot holes you could drive a Mack truck through but, it is brilliantly entertaining.

It is an incredibly good movie and I enjoyed it because I did not know how it was going to end.

Not to ruin the ending for anyone, but there are only 2 possible endings, and so both are predictable - is everything real or is everything just a game?

And I don't buy that the phycological screening made it so they could play him like a pawn, nobody is that predictable, especially all the elements you can't control.

It's too long, too boring and too unbelievable .

If you're willing to REALLY suspend your disbelief, then this is quite an entertaining film.

Drawn out and frustrating .

But I still think that it's as stunning as the two quoted movies.

Regardless of continual trick endings, you've already suspected the whole thing is a ruse, because if it's not, it's a pretty standard and boring conspiracy thriller.

I think it worth watching for everybody.

Except for the last seven or eight minutes, the movie is gripping, exciting, and unpredictable.

Money, power, wealth and all those finer things are empty when compared to the truth in friendship, family and living life to the fullest.

I questioned myself often, "Why do people find this plot to be entertaining?

Rather than building up the exciting twists and turns they had planned well in advance, the script felt like the writers were making it all up as they went on.

With Michael Douglas, Sean Penn and an interesting concept I thought i'd be in for a decent watch but at the end I have to say it is way too contrived and unbelievable, it thinks its clever and symbolic but it isn't and this has the effect of being extremely annoying , the movie is ultimately pointless and i felt cheated im not a fan of Fincher at all extremely overrated, far from the genius he is billed by the public and media.

The script is solid, but it is really the effective partnership between Douglas and Fincher, as well as great supporting acting turns from Sean Penn, James Rebhorn and Debra Kara Unger, which really helps ground this slow burning but always engrossing psychological thriller.

Douglas & Penn were perfect and the ending was breathtaking.

This is a thrilling mystery, that keeps guessing you if it is everything real or just a fiction.

Twists upon twists, amazing filming, stunning acting, and a preposterous end .

Yes, the film was boring.

The only downside I thought was the confusion at times.

His luxurious, routine and also boring life took a drastic turn when he enrolled himself in a 'game',which was given to him by Conrad as a Birthday gift.

For 128 minutes, I was able to jettison everything else, and become immersed in a story that was both fresh and fun.

"The Game" is an intriguing cinematic experience and Michael Douglas plays his role very well.

There's always something odd or exciting going on which means that it holds the attention throughout, from the very beginning to the very ending.

A psychological thriller, a cat and mouse game, that is ultimately pointless.

Michael Douglas gives a riveting performance.

The Game is a suspenseful mystery about a wealthy banker, Nicholas Van Orton played my Michael Douglas, who is a loner in life.

Impossibly engaging only if you know nothing before watching .

I expected a great, entertaining, and unforgettable movie.

This was a decent movie but moves into a huge anti climax and confusion.

Intense and insanely intriguing.

Once the film ends, it doesn't linger for days in the front of your mind like the best thrillers, but while your watching it you'll be on the edge of your seat, never knowing what it going to happen next.

The game starts with an intense psychological test where they probe every part of his personality and then give him tasks that are truly challenging.

I would honestly say that the way Douglas portrayed his character was very cold, that his cold and suppressed nature perfectly fits the creepy neo noir theme of the film, making his very anger very ravage when released during moments of intensity, or personal confusion to Vanhorton.

Fincher's work is really great and is definitely worth watching.

An Intriguing plot?

His ability to execute fast paced thriller/ film noir is bordering on perfect.

As long as it's done in a innovative, immersive, interesting and entertaining to watch approach.

Yet I can recognize great acting, good story-lines, and sufficiently thrilling scenes.

Very intellectual and simply fascinating.

I found it long and drawn out.

It gets off to an intriguing start, as the anticipation builds for the game.

Like many of the prior comments here, I found this film engrossing and interesting, in terms of its presenting more intelligent fare than most of the offerings today, on large screen or small.

On the other hand, for the film to be a compelling mystery drama, there needs to exist character progression in order to justify layers upon layers of mystery.

But, of course, that would have bored the intended audience.

I guess this is supposed to keep us on the edge of our chairs for 2 hours.

A fascinating, original absolutely pitch perfect thriller that is mysterious, suspenseful and rich in character.

They both are quite entertaining.

Admit To Yourself That It Sounds Intriguing...

I would jam this baby into my top five worst movies of all time list.

Then Nicholas gives it a go, and after 3 hours of tests he is good to go.

Michael Douglas is the perfect actor for this film-- a truly entertaining one!!

It's a truly great film, very entertaining and very underrated, highly recommended.

Even Michael Douglas looks completely out of his element, looks bored or maybe that's just what he usually does with films like this.

I left the theater (and my viewing of snippets when I run across it in channel surfing) with a feeling of physical violation, of having had depraved intellects smeared across my brain.

**HUGE SPOILER** Certain scenes can be so bizarre and confusing that it will likely leave the average viewer with that let-down or "I-don't-get-it" feeling so be warned.

A movie that looks good on the surface, but has a totally contrived ending that is shameful to the viewer.

Even though i realized early on, this would be one of those movies, that would break down and descend into absurdity, i have to admit , that I found it suspenseful and entertaining.

But the story is engaging enough that I found myself restraining my disbelief until after the ride was over.

The Game is a tortuous and superb suspenseful thriller by David Fincher.

It starts off great and has a good suspenseful feel.

The scenario will captivate and won't release you before the movie ends, with a series of intriguing and tightly woven scenes.

The big moral point at the end is just another cliché in the pit of clichés The Game already was.

But some movies try to present a plausible reality, like a "what if this really happened," and when THOSE movies cheat with obvious fake and contrived plot elements, it knocks us out of the story and makes for a bad movie.

He's ostensibly isolated and possibly on his own, taking us along down a confusing and difficult journey.

Overall "The Game" is a predictable and boring mess that I will never play again.

Intense, thrilling, and mostly fun.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS: A creative and suspenseful story and script centers around Michael Douglas as Nicholas Van Orton, a millionaire/investment banker living it up in San Francisco.

Great acting, very intense, keeps you on your toes throughout, easy to sit through without getting bored.

Whether you liked it or not, it's undeniable that it's, well, unpredictable.

The Game is so slow-paced and tedious, not to mention repetitious, I could honestly see people shouting "We get it, come on!

Some movies have a distinct tone and rhythm, and you just get immersed in them, and it's that proverbial "emotional rollercoaster.

It doesn't give you breath: action, suspense, mystery, emotion, one of the best movies I've ever seen, with an extraordinary performance of Michael Douglas, who seems that at some point will suffer a heart attack by so much adrenaline.

The Game is uninteresting.

It is a bit slow to get off the ground and will have you wondering which direction the whole experience is taking.

"The Game" is an engrossing, white knuckler of a movie--the best kind of intense suspense plots.

From this moment, the movie takes an unexpected shape.

Totally engaging at all times.

I don't care how many psychological profile tests a person takes, human beings are by and large unpredictable.

It takes Nicholas from his boring rich life to a life of excitement, suspense, and thrills.

Somehow Sean manages to convey intense discomfort and boundless confidence simultaneously.

It has an intriguing premise that besides a great first scene of "the game" being played, it goes nowhere with.

From beginning to end, it is a wholly engrossing film, one that is extremely under-rated, in my opinion.

The film follows a dull and greedy investment banker who is given a card as a birthday present by his brother, who tells him to phone up the company whose expertise lies in some form of enigmatic character building game.

After watching this movie, I made all my friends sit down and see it so I could watch the look on their faces everytime something unexpected happened.

Though there was an increasing feeling that something exciting was about to happen, for me it failed to deliver.

Most of the middle Act consists of repetitive encounters that cause Nicholas physical pain and/or major financial and logistical trouble.

- Entertainment : An edging emotion takes the toll of me as I watch this intense (yet slow rolling) and strange thriller.

But in the end, The Game is a worthy film if you are looking for a suspenseful thriller.

Sometimes you have to live through your worst nightmare, to submit to or be dragged through your deepest fear in order to transcend it.

Although not a very original picture, the acting, together with good characterization and directing, makes The Game one of the most exciting moments in Cinema these days.

Hello and welcome to my world today I have decided to write a review on THE GAME a movie that might seem dull.

Thrilling till the end .

An excellent classic thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

"The Game" is a dark, tense, suspenseful thriller by David Fincher, the excellent director of "Fight Club" and "Se7en.

Fascinating .

The film has nothing common with "seven" except the great cinematic language, the quick paced actions, the unexpected events, especially the end.

You won't want to be in the same situation I was and have to stop watching half way through, it's so gripping you'll be on the edge of your seat until the closing credits.

I can highly recommend it to every cinema fan and I watched it already the third time on DVD with my wife.

The beginning of the movie verges on the dull too, where we are treated to lots of brooding shots of Douglas thinking about his long lost father.

Then, at the end, the movie literally insults the intelligence of the viewer with its contrived ending.

Sean Pean is excellent as Nicholas Von Orton's rebellious and unpredictable brother, Conrad.

An exciting Hitcock-like yarn with principles .

The gap between the haves and have-nots is now a yawning chasm, and when you imagine the preposterous level of financing the company behind "The Game" would have required to "awaken" its super-spoiled clients, the whole theme of the movie doesn't play well today.

While The Game lacks in emotional character involvement and, towards the end, becomes rather redundant and plodding, it succeeds in developing a frightening and eerie utopia that, while giving its participants satisfaction and adventure, provides them with a scarring, indelible mark.

Still an effective and enjoyable watch, with Douglas in his prime .

Intense psychological thriller...

The Game is an intensely exciting puzzle-gimmick thriller, the kind of film that lets you know from the start that it's slyly aware of its own absurdity.

The Game continued to be mysterious and suspenseful throughout the movie right up until the end.