The film’s original and well written enough, but the screenwriter made a big mistake. I think he shouldn’t have told us that it was all a game in the beginning. That way, the film would have been much more creepy and intriguing, as we would try to figure out why Douglas is being played with like that. But here, we know it’s an act. When Douglas is in a shitty situation, you’re not wondering if he’s gonna survive cause you know it’s all part of a sick role-playing game. David Fincher is a very good director, but he did a better job on his previous film, “Se7en”. This thriller also had a startling finale, but it was preceded by an equally gripping story.
“The Game” is basically an exercise of style. It features all kind of thrilling set-ups but they often seem pointless. The film does have some really cool scenes, but I wouldn’t call it riveting. You know, it’s like a half-baked David Lynch film, as if “Lost Highway” was produced by one of the big studios. Lynch achieves to really mess our minds up, while Fincher just goes into slight oddness. Another downside is Michael Douglas. He’s not really interesting or likable in this film, so we care even less about his well-being. “The Game”‘s a mildly enjoyable film that is probably worth seeing, but it’s not the great film that it could have been.