The Game

The Game

DVD - 2002
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In this thriller, Nicholas Van Orton, a shrewd and successful businessman who is always in control, has been enrolled by his brother in "The Game"--"a profound life experience" with no rules, which begins quietly but soon erupts in a confusing maze of devastating events. Terrorized by forces who seem intent on dismantling all that he has built, Van Orton has to win this deadly game or lose control of everything in his life.
Publisher: Markham, ON : Universal Studios, c2002.
Edition: Widscreen version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Mar 23, 2019

Had this movie on VHS use to buy lots of VHS movies when I lived outside the city with poor reception. It's not much better now in town! And there is no way I would pay cable companies money to see adverts, and now added banner adverts while the shows are running. What standard of living have we come to? Anyhow the older movie was quite well done, a little stupid, but it is Hollywood after all.

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ausnos
Feb 20, 2019

Douglas produces a very lacklustre quality in this boring film. I hated it.

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VonHafenstaaad
Aug 01, 2018

The Game or reality... filled with plot twists and turns, this film takes you on a psychological roller coaster ride from the opening scenes to the final credit roll.

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bitsysmom
Aug 01, 2018

Interesting movie.

CarlitoQuinones Mar 22, 2018

Twists and turns. A very watchable, not very well known, early David Fincher film.

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reginator_22
Jan 16, 2018

Great film. Very underrated and underappreciated. Michael Douglas was wonderful as Nicolas. This movie messes with him and you!

LPL_MiriamW Aug 28, 2017

Quick! Before you do anything else, click on the yellow label that reads "content warning" and tell it to hide spoilers. This is a film you really don't want ruined!

'The Game' is a nail-biting suspense about a rich, heartless businessman named Nicholas Van Orten. On his birthday Nicholas' ne'er-do-well brother gives him the gift of a game. No further details are provided, but as the game unfolds, Nicholas' world becomes dangerous, disturbing and completely surreal as he (and you) try to find out what exactly is happening. A fantastic film from director David Fincher that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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chriscoleman
Jul 05, 2016

The Game is actually a huge farce played out by paid actors but so realistic that the person who is in the game really thinks they are going to die. This is the birthday "gift" Conrad Van Orton gives his wealthy brother Nick without telling him. He almost gets him killed and almost gets him to kill. Not much of a birthday gift. I had to watch it twice to get it and then I never wanted to watch it again. The ending would've been better if Conrad actually wanted Nick to have a heart attack so he could inherit it all. This would be one sure way to get a heart attack.

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hundred4ever
Feb 16, 2016

Magnificent, until the end.

I enjoyed this movie, it had my brain reeling and I had little idea what was going on. It delved deep into the main character's psyche and took me there.

The ending was very disappointing. I felt like I had wasted my time and I was angry. All this build up, all these possibilities...

Either I misunderstood the ending or it just sucked.

Michael Douglas was very believable and I empathized with him, but only partially liked him, from the beginning.

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tomdance
Sep 07, 2015

The realistic style of filming is eventually undermined by the progressively unbelievable plot, so be sure to to suspend any disbelief from the beginning, and just go along for the entertaining ride. Initially the rich, arrogant main character (much like Michael Douglas played as Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street", 1987) is unlikable, but we're drawn to his plight as his world crumbles and "the Game" induces a disturbing paranoia, with a big twist at the end.

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