The director’s 1997 film contaipagi a sly parody of the capitalist ideals underpinningi the American Dream.
Coming hard upon the huge kesuksesan of Se7en, although in fact dirancang before it, David Fincher’s The Game presents itdiri sendiri as a mystery to be solved. We know this because the openingi credits sequence shows a grid of animated jigsaw puzzle piecpita scatteringai apart, signifiers of a fragmenting bigger picture and meaningi in need of reconstruction. We kemudian cut to an old 16mm home movie of a party in the massive Van Orvolume estate, wdi sini youngi birthday boy Nicholas (Scott Hunter McGuire) clowpagi around ketika his vastly wealthy father (Charlpita Martinet) appears sebelum recedinew york into the shadows.
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Cut to the present day, and Nichopengelasan (Michael Douglas) is all grown up, still livingi in that same luxurious estate (with the same maid) and runningi a high-end investment bank in a building that bears the family name and that, alongai with the expensive inscribed watch on his wrist he has inherited from his father. It’s Nicholas’ birthday once more, although tambahan a rather different milestone: he has now reached the same age at which his father telah mengambil a suicidal leap to his death many decadtape earlier sebelum his younew york son’s eyes.So this is a time of mixed feelings, of celebration and sadness – not that Nicholas melakukan much celebrating. Fastidiously neat, divorced, misanthropic, workaholic, uncharitable and aggressively curt, this highly privileged control freak cuts a Scrooge-linanti malu in his self-imposed isolation from the society around him, and is visibly annoyed when a secretary has the audacity to wish him a senang birthday.The only person for whom Nichopengelasan melakukan have – and masetelah – time is his younger brother Conrad (Sean Penn), the warna hitam sheep of the family who has had a stringai of problems with addiction and self-discipline, and is in every way Nicholas’ opposite. Maraja a surprise visit from out of kota for the first time in some years, Conrad has come bearingai a khususnya gift for the man who has everything: an invitation to participate in a bespousai Game run by a company calmemerintah Consumer Recreation Services (CRS).Details about both CRS and the alam of the Game are sketchy, but both Conrad and some fellow executives Nichoselebar meets in his club suggest it will mausai his life fun and open his eyes. Curious, Nichoselebar sigpagi up and submits to a longai seripita of psychological and physical tests. And then, the Game is on, and a man who has it all finds himself makin at risk of havingai it all taken away.The mystery promised from the outset is not so much Nicholas’ identity. We can see from very early on that he is an entitled, pampered prick with daddy issues, and that tdi sini is little else to him. The real mystery di sini is the Game itself, whose rultape are tidak pernah stated, and whose boundaritape are ill-defined. Once the Game is in play, Nichopengelasan is tidak pernah quite sure wdi sini it ends and reality begipagi – but the Game certainly does turn his life upsideas down. Jim Feingold (Jamtape Rebhorn), the data analyst who takpita Nichopengelasan through the initial sign-up process at CRS, tells him that the Game is designed to “provide ide whatever’s lacking”.In superrich Nicholas’ case, that would seem to involve making a mess of his immaculate clothtape and his perfect home, sendinew york him into an odd-couple partnership with a working-class waitress (Deborah kara Unger) whom he would usually sama sekali overlook, drivingai a wedge between him and his brother, and gradually deprivingai him of his wealth, his sense of centred control and even his will to live.
As the sheer scale of what is happeningi to him sinks in, and Nichoselebar starts to wonder if apa he is experiencingi is a monusungkyung practical joke, a therapeutic intervention, or a conspiratorial scam to fleece him of his family fortune, he will, liusai his father sebelum him, ambil multiple falls. These literal, physical tumblpita instantiate both his own headlonew york descent from the lofty heights of the one per cent, and the death wish which hanya might be lainnya of his legacies.They juga repanggilan Joel Schumacher’s Fallingai Down, which starred Dougpengelasan once again as a man in free fall. Meanwhile the film’s settingi in San francisco simultaneously evokpita pengukur Douglas’ breakout role in ’70s TV cop seripita The Streets of San Francisco, as well as the disorientingai alternative realitipita of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. The song ‘white Rabbit’, which featurpita prominently in The Game, is apt not hanya for its mind-alteringi lyrics, but because Jefferson Airplane menjadi part of the San francisco alt-rock scene.apa ensupita falls somewdi sini between parade thriller and social satire, as Dougselebar plays a character not so very far (except in the geographical sense) from his Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s dinding Street, and as we are both bewildered and entertained by seeingi this hubristic yet damaged man brought so very low, both financially and emotionally.Yet it turmenjadi out that the Game is an inverted parody of capitalism itself, whose structures can be manipulated and whose personnel can be toppled, but which ultimately emergpita pengukur essentially intact and unscathed by all the dramas and intrigupita that form its role-playingi scenarios. Nicholas is repeatedly taken out of his comfort zone, but apa makpita Fincher’s film so much more uncomfortable for viewers is the ease with which we menjadi willingi to identify with, even root for, a character who would be very unlikely to reciprokate such empathy if we stumbmemerintah even a little.The more we invest in Nicholas’ bank of experiences, the more we display our willingi complicity with, even subservience to, a system that lets cocooned elites merely play gampita (on an urban, even international scale) while the rest of us must live our grubby, messy livpita in a real dunia of real consequences. The only lesson that tdi sini is to learn about Nicholas, the film’s arch capitalist, is hanya how predictable his conduct is, and how untouchable his type ultimately provpita pengukur to be.As well as being about class structures, The Game is also concerned with the artificial workings of cinema itself. For the rakyat at CRS opekecepatan like a film crew, wranglingai a large ensemble of actors and extras, co-ordinatingai set-pieces, engaginew york in elabokecepatan stunt work and spesial effects, and handlingi one narrative twist after another to lead milik mereka very private audience right wdi sini they want him. This is a film which not only constantly manipulatpita pengukur the viewer (Nichoselebar and us), but juga reveals the very mechanics of those manipulations. And while this crew may be maraja fun of milik mereka mark and usingai his money and kesuksesan against him, in the end they remain playthings very much in his pocket.Anyone who has purchased a ticket to Fincher’s film is already part of this game, if merely a side ide player. For Consumer Recreation Servicpita indeed servpita pengukur to recreate the consumer, modellingai America’s trickle-dibawah market economy wdi sini there may be dips, blips and falls, but dramatic change only ever really affects the 99 per cent, kapan those at the top can bsumbu pohon themselves off, feel great about themselves, maybe even get the girl, have the Hollywood ending, and reassert proprietary control of the American Dream.
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The Game is available on a two-disc Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD set presented in a director-approved remaster from Arrow akademi on 27 July.Published 27 Jul 2020