The Game

  • 15
  • David Fincher (1997)
  • US
  • 123 min
The Game
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Michael Douglas is perfectly cast as the increasingly desperate pawn in this visually stylish thriller from Se7en director David Fincher, which successfully cranks up the suspense and continually questions what's real and what isn't. When hard-nosed businessman Douglas is given the ultimate birthday present by his brother Sean Penn - the chance to play an all-encompassing "reality game" that promises life-changing consequences - he gets swept into what he perceives as a paranoid conspiracy. Sadly, what starts off as a fascinating tale soon becomes glossy and trivial.

Plot Summary

Psychological thriller starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn. Tycoon Nicholas Van Orton's highly ordered life is thrown into chaos when his brother Conrad introduces him to a cryptic role-playing game as a birthday gift. As Nicholas is drawn into the game, the line between fantasy and real life becomes blurred - with deadly consequences.

Cast and crew

Cast

Nicholas Van Orton
Michael Douglas (1)
Conrad Van Orton
Sean Penn
Christine
Deborah Kara Unger
Jim Feingold
James Rebhorn
Samuel Sutherland
Peter Donat
Ilsa
Carroll Baker
Elizabeth
Anna Katarina
Anson Baer
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Ankles
Harris Savides
Shady private investigator
Mark Boone Junior
Lieutenant Sullivan
Jack Kehoe
Christine's roomate, Amy
Linda Manz
Airbag EMT Beltran
Spike Jonze
Airbag EMT Galliano
Michael Massee

Crew

Director
David Fincher

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
British Film Institute Ltd
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Universal Pictures UK
Categories
Drama

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