Film: The Game
My Rating: 3/10
My ratings system needs some explanation. I base my reviews off two different ratings systems – the first, the Film Challenge’s, and the second, my own. Evaluation of movies for the Summer Film Challenge is based on the following chart:
0: Chose not to watch on moral grounds
1-3: Not recommendable to anyone
4-5: Bad/did not like but others might
7-10: Good to AMAZING!! ;D
My ratings system is a little more complicated, so I intend to include it in the body of my reasoning. There are three basis of criteria I review – Impact, Quality of Production, and Story.
Impact involves the “change your life”-ness of the film and is ranked 1-4, four being earth-shattering. As my professor puts it, it the movie worthwhile or is it “junk food”?
Quality of Production is pretty obvious I hope – is the movie well made technically – and is ranked 1-5.
Story analyzes the uniqueness, the pull-you-in factor, the quality of the story itself outside of the portrayal of it. Another way to put it is how much potential does this story have? I rank this 1-5.
So there you have it. No for…
I really did not like this movie. Period. The fact that it was a David Fincher movie enticed me into seeing it (plus we had to watch it for a class) and I was excited going into it. However the movie fell totally flat. The production was good and the acting was okay but the plot and story were totally ridiculous. I recommend you do NOT see this movie.
This is actually a great place to bring up my big beef with movies these days. The question I ask myself after every movie is “Why was this made?” While every movie doesn’t have to posess a blatant and obvious moral-of-the-story, they all do have a purpose for which they were made. Be it to pose a question or to divulge the true story or just to make money, every movie is made for a reason.
From this I ask, “Why was The Game made? What was its purpose? To what end is it in existence?” David Fincher is a genius who churns out one great mind-bending movie after another. However, this follow-up to Se7en really doesn’t go anywhere. Nothing is really gained or lost, no change really occurs.
Ultimately we spend two hours wondering what is real and what isn’t. I don’t want to spoil anything but I question the “reality” of the ending – in that it doesn’t work. Period. I was sorely disappointed and felt cheated of my time.
This might be the most scathing review I have ever written. I recognize that a lot of people like this movie (particularly in my class) and I would love to hear some feedback and argument. Let me know what you think!
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(b.t.dubs- you just lost…again)