Game - Preview

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quick review:

Game was supposed to be a thriller. One which makes you sit on the edge of your seat and bite, whatever is left of, your nails from the cricket matches. It's none of that and more. It's sluggish and I have quite a few nasty things to say about its 'style'.



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An action thriller! I for one can't have enough of them, especially if they have world-class production values. Yes, it is important for this genre to look polished. And if nothing else, slick films is what we have come to expect from, anything that Farhan Akhtar (as producer in Game) gets involved with. Here's the sample -

But this genre is also very mean to loopholes in the script. A tight plot is imperative. If the film is based solely on the visuals, in this day and age of exposure to the best from all over the world, the audience will get a "been there, seen that" feeling.

Abhinay Deo (son of Ramesh and Seema Deo) seems to recognize this need.

What I'd like to learn is that the script is the heart of the film. This is one thing we as Bollywood lack. We work on projects and not on scripts. We put together a great cast and a great crew but nobody thinks of putting together a great script.

Game supposedly has a very twisted script. Four strangers from different corners of the world get an invite to stay on some island. And mystery ensues. It does sound a lot like Shalimar and Gumnaam. Well, we'll know soon enough.

Fortunately, this genre doesn't necessarily require too many acting skills. The actors can get away with just being presented in style. Abhishek Bachchan looks his suave self. Kangna Ranaut sounds as avoidable as ever. Hopefully the new face in the film, Sarah will compensate for her presence. However, what she has to say about her character isn't very inspiring -

What my character in the film, Maya, goes through in her life is very difficult for any normal human being to fathom.

That basically translates to, "My character is as far removed from reality as you could imagine." Oh well, it’s a thriller, we can't expect character development and such from it now, can we?

Good music though, certainly. Especially considering its an Excel Entertainment product. But the response to the album isn't all positive.

Music reviews:
milliblog - "Game is an interesting effort from the trio – the sound works!"

music aloud - "7.5/10"

Bollyspice - "3.5/5"

Bollywood Hungama - "2.5/5"

HappySing - "if you’re thinking of buying the album just because you know Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and you know their standard, you may be in for a little disappointment."