Game Hindi Movie ReviewFeature Film | Suspense, Thriller
Game is a whodunit suspense thriller. At least it is supposed to be one. There is murder and there is a suspense game as you wonder who may have done it - even as forensics say it was a mere suicide. So you have suspects, you have an investigator and you have twists in the tale.
Neil (Abhishek Bachchan), Vikram (Jimmy Shergil), Tisha (Shahana), OP Ramsay (Boman Irani) are called on to a private island in Greece by Kabir Malhotra (Anupam Kher) for different reasons. However on reaching there they learn that Kabir has different motives. He seeks revenge for his dead daughter. All the four people are in some way related to his daughter Maya (Sarah). Meanwhile Sia (Kangna) of the international vigilance squad is investigating the case.
No denial that there is a good deal of suspense around who may be the murderer. But the writing is severely at fault for the lack of thrill as the story progresses. Also the characters are not backed well enough. Neil's character is the sketchiest. While he is shown to be a night club owner with people gunning after him he also other realities which don't fit too well. Same with Vikram - his desperation to get a big role despite being a well established star.
What's good about Game is technically strong. It has been shot elaborately and edited as stylishly. The director's intent to make it stylish is clear and also successful. The performances too are highlights. Kangna, who just had a hit in Tanu Weds Manu, put up a better performance in Game. Abhishek Bachchan is suave and smart, Jimmy is skillful. Anupam Kher and Shahana Goswami are good. Gauhar Khar chips in. There are also some interesting dialogues written by Farhan Akhtar - a very important part as there as some major clues dropped in here and there.
Game has a strategic release as it is the first A-grade movie, along with FALTU, to hit the screens after the month long break due to the cricket world cup. And it has enough time to recover its money before the IPL kicks in. Plus the sleek is appealing for people who love such films. Director Abhinay Deo deserves full points here.
However, as pointed earlier, it lacks the thrill. So every time there is a twist revealed you would like it, but at no point will you be at the edge of your seats waiting for it. No thriller here. 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; in this case people who love watching sleek suspense dramas.