wogma rating: Don't bother (?)
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'.Read more
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.
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."
- meeta, a part of the audience
We are grade 'A' fools, who aren't at all exposed to any kind of cinema other than the one dished out in the name of 'style' and 'thrill'. We don't watch the umpteen Television series from around the world from our couch, so we don't know what the very basics of a murder mystery. Yes, I'm furious. What are we in the eyes of our filmmakers? Deprived souls who have to be thankful for whatever we get?
Maybe I wouldn't have been this irked if they had fulfilled at least one of the things they set out to achieve - style or substance. The story has zilch in terms of drama or suspense. No, pausing before every word of every dialogue doesn't fulfill that need to be nervous about what's going to happen next. If you make me hang for every word you say, literally, I will doze off.
The style is largely superficial too. Even if you disregard the fact that there's nothing you haven't seen earlier. Unless the last you saw a Hindi film was 15 years ago, then the style might hold something for you. But then again, I'd recommend the film directed by the person who produced this film - Don.
Geez, who'd have known that a day would come when I'd recommend a Shahrukh Khan film over an Abhishek Bachchan one. It was cool when Abhishek walked that lop-sided stylish walk or sat lounging heavy on one side, clad in white against a red backdrop. After the first time though it's called repetition and predictable. You got to give me something more interesting than that. Especially when the next in line to try and impress me is Kangna Ranaut trying to finish off her English lines in a hurry.
Sheeeesh! Sorry for the break in flow, but I just can't get over on how much one can be blind to the banality of the basic plot! Not to mention that whatever Abhishek's character does is a tangent to the main plot. And the writer's confusion is transparent - should I focus on the main plot or should I make the sub-plot bigger so we can offer it to a mainstream actor.
You know what, I "shhuushed" the guy sitting next to me in the first hour because he kept saying, "what a bore yaar!" And when the main "twist" came along, I wouldn't have the heart to resist if that guy forced my foot into my mouth.
Not fair. The filmmakers have actually made me feel bad about doing the right thing. I actually wanted that guy to pay attention to their film.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs down, by Naresh Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...Moreover, the inclusion of a surprise back story in the dying hours of the plot -- apparently to justify the motive behind the murder -- and the introduction of new characters is the lamest trick in detective fiction.... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...As Confucius says, when a movie does little by way of entertaining you, you’ve got to find ways of amusing yourself.... full review
Thumbs down, Bollywood Mantra : ...Abhinay Deo fails to tell the story interestingly. It fails to convince his viewers. The screenplay written by Althea Delmas Kaushal has many loopholes. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Gautam Chintamani, Buzz in Town : ...so lame that by time you trudge to this whodunit’s end you are left wondering who’s the bigger idiot--the viewer or the people who made this nonsense?... full review
Thumbs down, by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini : ...Watch tomorrows final game. Even if you are not a cricket fan that game would be more entertaining than this one. Compared to this Race is a classic.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : ...Game is the first film by adman Abhinay Deo, and it must be a dream to work with budgets that allow shooting in exotic locations, plus a large cast and no expenses spared on action sequences. How come nobody read the script and asked, like an exasperated character in the film does, “What the hell is going on?”... full review
Thumbs down, by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com : ...The first rule of a suspense thriller is that it should be succinct. Debutant director Abhinay Deo breaks it by having copious songs and some irrelevant sub-plots which add no value.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...We all want to see gorgeous scenery. Eye candy, both male and female, never hurt, either. Combining these elements in a murder mystery can have palatable results. But not here, no.... full review
Thumbs down, by Udita Jhunjhunwala, Live Mint : ...Ranaut tries hard to bring gravitas to her part, but you keep waiting for that one scene where she will take her hands out of her pockets, get drunk and screech: “B*****d!” ... full review
Thumbs down, by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com : ...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. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Monica Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Then you have characters justifying the film’s title by mouthing silly dialogues like 'And the Game begins' and 'It’s not over' when nothing of great significance is happening.... full review
Thumbs down, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...It might well be a sheer waste of industry's top artists - Javed Akhtar's lyrics, Shankar Ehsaan Loy's music and an otherwise good producer Farhan Akhtar.... full review
Thumbs down, by The Thirdman, Upper Stall : ...If any departments deserve a pat on the back, it is the production design and the cinematography. The film is lavishly mounted, the locales, particularly Greece and Istanbul, breathtaking. ... full review
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : May "Thumbs Up" is Going Too Far - But a Twisty Thriller With Some Genuine Emotion, For Once!
So-So, by iPhone Spy App : I haven't have seen the movie
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Four people are lured into an island on one specific day. Only to find themselves in a spot where murder might be the only way to get out.
Is everything else a good answer?