A thriller that actually gets ways worse the second time around you see it. The Game asks you to suspend total disbelief - the contrivances never stop and everything is part of The Game. The first viewing is a wonderful thrill ride. Watch it again and it's hard to not be annoyed by how everything ties up so nicely. The performances, cinematography, and craft are first-rate. It's all in the atmosphere, not the logic.
all the time the movie went on i was thinking how lousy it was, that it was going to get either 1 or 2 stars. at the very ending i had to admit that was really fucking absurd and so it deserverd the 3rd star. in grace slick's voice we say: feed your heeeead
From a beautiful intro, to an interesting premise, to a flat development (The Game wasn't that interesting) to a predictable, poor and contradicting ending (honestly, after all I doubt this character would thank for such a birthday present). A paced built-up blown up by a hollow motivation.
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.