Wesley R. Ball’s review published on Letterboxd:
I have come to discover that I have a particular fondness for the films of David Fincher. I have yet to see Panic Room, however (barring Alien 3, which he disowned) I have yet to see a film from him that I have been disappointed in. There's something special in his films that draws me towards him. I don't know if it's the soundtrack, the writing, or what it is, but there's no denying that he is a fantastic director. The Game is my personal favorite film from Fincher: a fun, twisted mystery film that keeps you guessing until the end. The atmosphere throughout the film is tense, and the blue color theme present in the film is very tasteful, and a nice touch to the overall tone of the film.
The Game involves wealthy businessman Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas), who has his special birthday dinner with his slightly estranged, eccentric brother Conrad (played by Sean Penn). To celebrate, Conrad gives Nicholas a voucher for a "game" offered by a company only known as Consumer Recreation Services, promising him that it will change his life.
After some deliberation, he decides to give them a try, and is irritated by the excessive amount of tests that the company runs before they begin his "game," and is even more agitated when he learns that they have rejected his application. Soon after, he meets a waitress named Christine, who apparentely also tried to apply for CRS and had issues. What follows is a cascade of catastrophic events in Nicholas's life, including having his bank account drained, his house and possessions sold, and every person he ever trusted turning on him.
Each and every moment in The Game is filled with tension and uncertainty. You never know what could happen next in this world of madness. Hidden cameras, private security forces, the betrayal of those you trust- literally anything can happen in this film. And almost everything that can happen does happen. The Game may not be Fincher's best film, but it certainly is my favorite of his, and I always love coming back to it every so often. It's a really fun treat to watch from my personal favorite director.