Movie Review: Game (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★☆☆☆
Box Office: Disaster

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?


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “Game, a stylishly crafted whodunit”
3.0 “Game, watch it to know it”
3.0 “Game – A comic book suspense thriller.”
Average Reviews
Negative Reviews
2.0 “The film predominantly suffers from a lack-lustre script which often borders on the corny.”
2.0 “Game is a dim effort at storytelling.”
2.0 “Barring some astute twists in the second half, this GAME isn’t worth playing.”
2.0 “There’s lot of strutting and style and high-tech sleuthing. But there isn’t a story that makes sense.”
NDTV Movies
2.0 “Skip this game for the other one at Wankhede Stadium. “
2.0 “Let’s just say it is more like a very ordinary cricket match, which does not hold interest for anyone except die-hard cricket fans.”
2.0 “Slick & stylish but lacking in substance!”
2.0 “This Game is not worth playing.”
DNA India
1.5 “GAME is high on style, but low on substance.Disappointing!”
1.5 “Watch it if you want to see some breathtakingly beautiful locations, otherwise give this one a skip.”
1.5 “Game fetches up to the climactic point, only wanting an answer to a pointed question asked, too late, in the film”
1.0 “Hopefully one that’s better than the dumb murder mystery in this film!”
1.0 “Game is an April Fools’ joke.”
DNA India

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