Game is a visually appealing, edge of the seat thriller that promises to keep you gripped till the end. The film has all the ingredients required to make a successful thriller with angles of love, revenge, comedy and emotions but lacks punch and feels dragged at the end.
Game is about four strangers, Neil Menon (Abhishek Bachchan), OP Ramsay (Boman Irani), Tisha Khanna (Shahana Goswami), and Vikram Kapoor (Jimmy Shergill) who have one thing in common; Kabir Malhotra's (Anupam Kher) dead daughter Maya (Sarah Jane Dias). The moment they arrive on the island they fall into a trap that changes their life for ever. 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.
The film can boast of some very good performances by Anumpam Kher, Jimmy Shergill, Boman Irani, and even Abhishek Bachchan. Shahana Goswami is a natural stunner and should be part of bigger and better roles. The icing on the cake was certainly Gauhar Khan who is marvellous. The lady has talents as well as killer looks and will certainly rock, if given a good chance. Kanagana Ranaut is mediocre, barring her typical accent which was not required for a role like this. Miss India and model-turned-actress Sarah Jane Dias was ok and still has a long way to go. The direction had minute flaws and leaves the audience with many questions in their heads. The end was predictable and cliched. The regular murder-for- an-inheritance story could not quite make a mark. On the upside, the film had Ram Sampat's background score that definitely is one of the reasons to keep you engrossed. The songs are pretty soothing with Maine Ye Kab Socha Tha topping the charts.
GAME is definitely worth one watch and hopefully will gain an advantage of releasing just as the world cup fever is about to end.