This game is not exciting enough.........
Abhinay Deo's Game is a supposed thriller, that unfortunately doesn't have many thrills.
Kabir Malhotra (Anupam Kher) invites four strangers to the island he owns, Samos in Greece (yes, really). The motley crew are made up of Neil Menon (Abhishek Bachchan), a nightclub owner from Istanbul, O.P. Ramsay (Boman Irani), a Thai prime ministerial candidate, Vikram Kapoor (Jimmy Shergill), a Bollywood superstar, and Tisha Khanna (Shahana Goswami), an alcoholic crime reporter from London. Various excuses are given to convince them to come to the island, and once they arrive, they are received by Samara Shroff (Gauhar Khan), Kabir Malhotra's executive assistant. On arrival, Malhotra reveals the real reason for getting them to the island - they are all connected with his daughter Maya (newcomer Sarah Jane Dias), and three of the four have had a part in her not-so-pleasant life and death. Malhotra has collected evidence against each of them, and is waiting for the police to arrive the following morning so they can be arrested and tried for their crimes.
The next morning, the reluctant guests awaken to a gunshot - Kabir Malhotra is dead. Sia Agnihotri (Kangna Ranaut) enters to solve the case - was this suicide, or was it murder?
The issue with Game is the predictability in the storyline. As soon as the murder takes place, it's not hard to guess the identity of the murderer. As this is the mainstay of a whodunit, Game doesn't have much to keep you engaged.
Of the performances, Kangna Ranaut shines in an otherwise dull cast. She breathes life into Sia, and most importantly, doesn't take herself too seriously. Abhishek Bachchan seems to have mistaken smug for cool, and is strictly average. Boman Irani spends a lot of time shouting, whereas Anupam Kher and Jimmy Shergill are wasted in what can fairly be called cameos. After Break Ke Baad, Shahana Goswami is criminally (pardon the pun) under-utilised in this film again, with no real acting skill required. It's a crying shame that no-one has really made good use of her acting skills after Rock On and Jashnn - hopefully this will change in the future.
Music is mediocre, which is a pity, as we've had some great music, both from Shankar Ehsaan Loy, and from Excel Entertainment in the past.
I had read somewhere that Althea Delmas Kaushal's script was twice the length, and director Abhinay Deo worked to shorten it considerably - but Game, with a run time of a touch over two hours - still drags in parts. What makes it worse is the cliches from the 70s that have been dragged into the script. Hopefully Deo's next, Delhi Belly, will be an improvement on this.
Overall, I give Game 2 out of 5 - it's not the worst film to come out this year, but you certainly won't miss anything if you don't watch it.