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					 The Game starring Michael Douglas,
  Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn,
    James Rebhorn, Peter Donat




               Omg!! Great Movie!! A Must See - Must Own Flick


Its not quite as clever as it tries to be, but The Game does a tremendous
job of presenting the story of a rigid control freak trapped in circumstances
that are increasingly beyond his control. Michael Douglas plays a rich,
divorced, and dreadful investment banker whose 48th birthday reminds
him of his fathers suicide at the same age. Hes locked in the cage of his
own misery until his rebellious younger brother (Sean Penn) presents him
with a birthday invitation to play The Game (described as an experiential
Book of the Month Club)--a mysterious offering from a company called
Consumer Recreation Services. Before he knows the game has even
begun, Douglas is caught up in a series of unexplained events designed to
strip him of his tenuous security and cast him into a maelstrom of chaos.
How do you play a game that hasnt any rules? Thats what Douglas has to
figure out, and he cant always rely on his intelligence to form logic out of
whats happening to him. Seemingly cast as the fall guy in a conspiracy
thriller, he encounters a waitress (Deborah Unger) who may or may not be
trustworthy, and nothing can be taken at face value in a world turned
upside down. Douglas is great at conveying the sheer panic of his
characters dilemma, and despite some lapses in credibility and an
anticlimactic ending, The Game remains a thinking persons thriller that
grabs and holds your attention. --Jeff Shannon

Reading some of the reviews here what seems missing is what I believe is
the essential theme of this work --- personal transformation. Michael
Douglas character is trapped, or to be more precise stuck. He is stuck at a
level of personal development (mean spirited, suspicious, cynical, isolated
and alone --- he is an Investment Banker) in which he is intensely
dissatisfied with himself and all around him. Though he does not realize it,
he must move beyond his current self if he is to realize his full (tho ugh
currently latent) potential as a human being. His brother - Sean Penn -
realizes this and hence gives him a game for his birthday - since Penn the
black sheep of the family had had a game given to him by some unnamed
character and it had helped awaken him to a new self.

The game is the necessary transformative vehicle for Douglas character
which forces a reassessment of himself and his outlook on life --- but only
through a complete breakdown and displacement of his current self and
his connection with the world that he had made --- and had in turn now
trapped him.

It is through the ensuing trauma and the culminating attempted suicide that
allows him to emerge reborn and with a new outlook and new self. Thus
the climactic and happy ending with the well wishers at his birthday party in
spite of the fact that a moment ago he had just murdered his brother and
leapt to his death.

What this movie portrays is the classical mythological journey of trial and
trauma where the old self is destroyed and a new self emerges like a
beautiful butterfly from an ugly caterpillar.

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