At the end of the secret passage I found a cell, and in it, a prisoner who had passed out - was this perhaps the true Kenneth Miller?
|How to get out of here?|
My final task was to get me and the prisoner out. The cell door had an electronic lock, and the game underlined that the wires from the central unit were all bare. I found a lighter in the person of the prisoner, and I had been carrying all those newspapers with me. This was a familiar puzzle - I just had to light the paper and the sprinkler system would short circuit the wires leading to the lock.
Between highly appreciated Se7en (1995) and much praised Fight Club (1999) David Fincher directed a somewhat lesser known thriller, The Game. The movie follows the investment banker Van Orton - played in his regular wooden style by Michael Douglas - who receives as a birthday gift from his brother a voucher for The Game. In a typical Fincher fashion, it quickly turns out that The Game is more than it seems - it is in fact a highly convoluted conspiracy for relieving Van Orton of his fortune. After numerous turns of the plot - involving Van Orton killing his brother and committing a suicide by jumping off a roof - it is revealed that it was all, after all, just a game. The brother wasn’t dead and Van Orton’s drop ends on a safety cushion. Hey, what could be a cooler birthday gift for your beloved bro than a gigantic adventure game in real life?
The ending of The Game has often been ridiculed as its worst part, because it is nothing more than a variation of the cliched “it was all just a dream” -trope, with which lazy writers can return dead people to life and basically just cancel all the previous plot developments. Well, Fincher wasn’t the first person to use this particular ending, because, you guessed it, Fascination has all along been nothing but a game.
Yes, all the people I’ve met have been actors and it has all been just a “lifesize murder party”, which has been tested upon an innocent victim by a role-playing games company. This is literally where the game ends. I can chat up with the characters and hear what they think about my performance, but nothing else happens. I think I’ll save my comments about the plot resolution for the Final Rating.
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