2.35, PS 1.33
The Game has an interesting concept. A
player has a real life adventure designed for him. He is a participant in a dangerous but
controlled mystery. The lines between the game and reality are blurred. Danger is palpable.
Can you stop playing once you have entered into The Game?
Ultra successful, multi-millionaire Nicholas Van Orton's life is
dominated by work. For his birthday, philandering brother Conrad gives him a
present of a passport to The Game. At first, Nicholas brushes the frivolous
idea aside, but curiosity gets the best of him and he presents his passport at the offices
of The Game. Before acceptance as a player, Van Orton must undergo a series of
psychological tests to make sure he is up to the challenges of the unusual pastime.
He reluctantly goes along with the requirements and before you know it he embroiled in a
series of near fatal accidents. Pursued by unknown parties, Van Orton is alternately in
the hunted and the hunter.
The Game's chief problems are the preposterous
situations and Van Orton's willingness to go along. The actor's are fine. Douglas as
Nicholas Van Orton is a credible screen presence, and Penn, while he doesn't have a huge
part, gives Conrad an appropriate measure of unpleasant aura.
To play or not to play.İPolygram
The Game, director David
Fincher's follow-up film to the very successful Seven, lacks the solid
script of the latter. Fincher's eye for composition and lighting is still top notch.
And The Game moves along at a very brisk clip.
This must be the best looking DVD to come from Polygram. Light levels
are delicate and beautifully controlled. The natural looking palette used by director
Fincher is perfectly preserved on the DVD. Breaking glass and screeching car wheels are
well detailed and located by the Dolby Digital 5:1 soundtrack.
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