"The main character actually ate food."
"The premise is just too outlandish for me."
"The pacing left something to be desired. "
Michael Douglas' plays his character, Nicholas Van Orton, really well. It's easy to buy into the no remorse, businessman persona. One little touch that I appreciated about this movie - the main character actually ate food. It's a little thing, but I think it helps the audience connect with his character.
The interactive experience industry (can't remember the formal name) is growing today and I could only hope Consumer Recreation Services (CRS) exists in real life. I love the concept and that's probably why this movie appealed to me.
The way in which CRS was presented and pulled off their series of events was believable and entertaining to watch. I knew the ending of the movie going into it, but I began to second guess myself as they present the concept of Van Orton losing all his money to this company. I moved from generally disconnected from Van Orton to rooting for him to feeling sorry for him. The directors did a good job of presenting the story in a way where the audience probably has at least a hint of asking themselves, "Is this still the game?"
My main qualm with the movie is why Van Orton follows the waitress (Christine) around for so long. Is he that desperate for adventure, a companion, or something else? I wasn't a fan of the lady who plays Christine. I think that role could have been better cast. The ending was a little too scripted as well - the accuracy of the fall was too much for me. I think they could have come up with something a little more believable.
I'm on the fence between B and B+ because I'd probably watch it again.
Final note: Nicholas Van Orton's 1997 BMW has more tech than my wife's 2010 Honda Fit.