Movie Review: Game (2011)
It’s back to the theatres after a sabbatical. GAME is crucial for Abhishek Bachchan. Also for director Abhinay Deo, this being his first release [though he had signed DELHI BELLY much before he made GAME]. So let’s figure out how exciting this game is…
Recall Vijay Anand’s whodunit TEESRI MANZIL. Also recollect Vijay Anand’s crime thriller JEWEL THIEF. Now reminisce Raj Khosla’s suspense thriller WOH KAUN THI?. Also revisit Biren Nag’s eerie suspense saga BEES SAAL BAAD. Several decades and several screenings later, you still relish those films. These films worked for varied reasons. Melodious music. Taut screenplay. Most importantly, it was hard to guess the identity of the ‘culprit’ till the very end.
Hindi cinema is undergoing a major metamorphosis. But the rules of the game haven’t changed. A whodunit should keep your interest alive till the penultimate moments. Besides, the identity of the killer/culprit should come as a shock, when the veil of secrecy is lifted. Also, the logic or rationale behind the goings-on needs to be convincing and relatable at the same time. Unfortunately, GAME misfires on all three counts.
What happens in a cat and mouse game… when the cat dies?
GAME is a whodunit with twists and turns through revenge, retribution, prostitution, drug empires and good old-fashioned murder.
Spanning 5 international cities, it is a slick, edge-of-the-seat crime thriller, where every 10-odd minutes sees a new twist that propels the story in an entirely unforeseen direction. The solution of the crime is a satisfying experience… where the audience has been shown all the facts…but will they get there before the end?