The Game (movie)
It all started with a business card labelled Consumer Recreation Services being passed across a dinner table.
Conrad is worried about his brother Nicholas Van Orton (played by Michael Douglas) who is about to celebrate his 48th birthday – the same age their father died of suicide. The brothers are having dinner one night when Conrad passes a business card over the table and asks Nicholas to ring the phone number. He tells Nicholas that he purchased a game voucher from a company called Consumer Recreation Services and before he leaves he mentions it will change his life.
Curiosity is a powerful feeling and eventually Nicholas visits the offices of Consumer Recreation Services to find out more. Arriving at the office he’s greeted with various exams he must undertake including medical checkups and psychological testing.
Unfortunately Nicholas finds out afterwards that his application to play the game has been denied.
Wondering what happened to cause his application to be rejected – Nicholas then meets Christine, who tells him that her safety was at risk while playing one of Consumer Recreation Services’ games. Soon after Conrad appears to Nicholas and tells him the company is after him too and endangering his life. However both characters are really working with CRS and Nicholas is actually playing the game in real-time within reality without realising it at first.
“The game is tailored specifically to each participant. Think of it as a great vacation, except you don’t go to it, it comes to you.” – IMDB
I won’t spoil the rest of the movie but some other memorable moments include – hundreds and thousands of golden keys pouring out of mail boxes and a vandalised house with a creepy doll clown waiting inside with a message.
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