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The Game

Instrueret af David Fincher
USA, 1997
Thriller, Mysterie


En rig og emotionelt isoleret investeringsbankmand får en mærkelig fødselsdagsgave fra hans yngre, dovne bror: et gavekort til et spil, som lover at ændre hans liv. Imidlertid tager tingene en uventet drejning. Da han ikke mere kan stole på nogen og har mistet sine penge, må han selv finde svaret!

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The Game Instrueret af David Fincher
The Game’s the apex of Fincher Phase One, which can roughly be said to deal with reactive characters forced to deal with situations instigated by others: Ripley in Alien 3, Pitt in Seven, Edward Norton in Fight Club (sort of), Jodie Foster in Panic Room. These are spiraling nightmares in which key pieces of information are withheld from viewers and protagonists as seemingly irrational events occur.
September 26, 2012
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At once an elegantly constructed maze, a rambunctious Hitchcockian thriller, a multifaceted pulp fiction, and a stylish nightmare that Rube Goldberg might have invented, David Fincher’s crazy-lucid masterpiece is also a canny psychological study of an imperiled mind and a satire of contemporary capitalism that is even more timely today than when it premiered in 1997.
September 25, 2012
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Even for a diehard atheist, there’s something immensely moving about the idea that you’ve misinterpreted all the hardships you’ve endured, and that the door you imagine leads to your death will open to reveal all your friends and family decked out in party hats. It’s the ultimate wish-fulfillment fantasy, craftily disguised as a bizarre form of shock therapy.
March 13, 2012
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  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film The Game

    Memorable early effort from Fincher, who can do no wrong, in my opinion. People knock the ending, but it's one of the more optimistic and tender moments in a career of witty cynicism and jocular misanthropy -- which "The Game" has plenty of, don't doubt it. But, Douglas' subtle work ensures this pacey, gorgeous thriller's story of redemption is affecting and not maudlin.

  • Aaron Dillenbeck's rating of the film The Game

    A dark, twisted puzzle that races forward while you try and keep up. Suspenseful beyond belief. Lots of fun close-ups that Fincher is famous for. Michael Douglas truly feels the paranoia of Nick Van Orton. World class filmmaking.

  • SoulBrotherNo1's rating of the film The Game

    9.5/10 - It might be a bit too implausible, but its so exciting the movie makes you forget about nitpicking. The tension is almost unbearable at points. There is always a new secret waiting around the corner, you never know who you can trust, and when you think you figured it out, the film pulls the rug from under you. A couple of times. This is everything I want from a thriller, and more...

  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film The Game

    Though I'm generally just an admirer of Fincher's most recent work (Zodiac onwards), I think The Game is a gem amongst his early stuff. As great an allegory and homage of the cinema as canonical films like Rear Window or less recognized ones like McTiernan's Last Action Hero. The eponymous game(/cinema) is the answer to a boring life, an antidote that provides movement, excitement, and a unique type of illusion.

  • Palmat's rating of the film The Game

    Awesome movie that combines both metafilm sensibilities, Kafka paranoia and Hitchcockian suspense. Douglas is on fire in a role that only he could have played. The score by Shore is one of his best ever and the visual design and cinematography is gorgeous. But the star of the show has to be Fincher who might not have made a better film than this. Truly a slice of cinematic fried gold!

  • dionysus67's rating of the film The Game

    Admittedly, well-crafted as a play on appearances-can-be-deceptive sort of thing and although the accumulation of semblances to reality that plunge Douglas into desperate confusion turn predictable the film, overall, engages. Yet, as a moral parable on the displacement of intimate and deeply caring values by the real illusion of power and money it is itself a simulation. Good ensemble, nice shots but a gimmick...

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film The Game

    In The Game the city is vast but empty, the buildings tall but opaque, the apartments busy but plastic. The exteriors mirror Nicholas' interior, and that makes sense because the game was crafted for him. And who better to craft a meticulous game than the most meticulous director of our time? The Game's one of Fincher's finest films. Has the edge, the gonzo approach to casting, the perverse game with the audience.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film The Game

    The Game is a viewing paradox for me. Like the game in the movie itself I'm envious of anyone getting to see it for the first time. Unfortunately Fincher does such a great job of building tension that nothing could've satisfied the hunger he created in me by the end the first time I saw it. Only after many years, repeat viewings and knowing the end do I get it. The Game isn't as great as I recall but its still great.

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