The Game (1997)
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, James Rebhorn
Synopsis: Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) is a wealthy banker and his success has cost him his family. On his 48th birthday he is quite depressed because his father committed suicide on his own 48th birthday. He has lunch with his brother Conrad (Sean Penn) who he hasn’t seen in years and he presents Nicholas with an unusual gift—a voucher for a “game” offered by a company called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Nicholas has doubts about the gift and waits a few days before going in to CRS. He goes to the organization’s offices to apply and is irritated by the lengthy and time-consuming series of psychological and physical examinations required. He is later informed by that his application has been rejected which irritates him further. After meeting a waitress, Christine (Deborah Kara Unger), Nicholas is attacked by men who are believed to work for CRS. Nicholas first believes that this is the game but it becomes evident that CRS has something else in store for him.
Trivia: Jodie Foster was originally signed to play Michael Douglas’s sibling in the film. However, Foster changed her mind and wanted to appear as Douglas’s daughter instead. Douglas and director David Fincher were very opposed to this change so the part went to Sean Penn instead.
Why I think you should see this: Once again this is an awesome film by David Fincher and is not as well known as his other films but just as good. Michael Douglas does an incredible job as the paranoid and on the run Nicholas Van Orton and Sean Penn is great as usual in his small role as Nicholas’ brother. This is another example of how good a film maker David Fincher is and I suggest you see it soon.