In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a cold-hearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad: a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, Nicholas finds himself consumed by a dangerous set of ever-changing rules, unable to distinguish where the charade ends and reality begins.
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Clever thrillers are hard to come by. There is usually a killer, or multiple killers, and a detective/cop or someone acting like a detective/cop. This is what makes The Game so interesting. All that is taken away and replaced with an unhappy business mogul played by Michael Douglas who is signed up for a mysterious live action game by his free spirited brother Sean Penn. But what is the game? How is it played? What is real and what is not? Douglas ponders all these questions as the story unravels in spectacular (albeit a little TOO spectacular at times) fashion.