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Finishing the Game
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Aug 11, 2008 By: Mathew Plale
Finishing the Game order
Director:
Justin Lin

Actors:
Roger Fan
Sung Kang
Mousa Kraish

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
What do you do when the star of your movie dies shortly into filming? Replace him, of course!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
In 1973, Bruce Lee died mysteriously after filming only 12 (used) minutes of what would be his last film. This is the botchy mockumentary that followed 35 years later.

And so begins the search for someone to fill Lee’s yellow and black jumpsuit and finish production on Game of Death. Vying for the role: a former television star, a Lee impersonator, dozens of amateurs, and…a white guy. Funny, no? While the characters and fictional production team stress over rounds of cattle calls and screen tests, it’s evident the real-life cast and crew are having much more fun with the joke (if there is one) than the audience is allowed.

There are a few nice touches here, though they all backfire on the film. The retro look (groovy Greg Brady duds and all) works, but turns to gimmick thanks to the near-constant “whikka-whikka” of the soundtrack, while the surprising cameos (from James Franco and porn legend Ron Jeremy) distract us into thoughts of their better work—even Jeremy deserves better than this.

Justin Lin has made far better films than this (2003’s Better Luck Tomorrow) and ones nearly as bad (2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), but Sundance selection Finishing the Game is the director’s first feature to truly leave its mark: in just 76 minutes (excluding credits), Lin has created one of the worst attempts at the mockumentary ever.
THE EXTRAS
Feature Commentary by Co-Writer/Director Justin Lin, Co-Writer Josh Diamond and Composer Brian Tyler: The trio has great chemistry, but not enough to give this a listen.

On Set Mayhem (9:09): Divided into three sections (‘Breeze Loo & Cole Kim,’ ‘Tarrick Tyler & Troy Poon,’ ‘Cole Kim Porn Scene’), this featurette goes behind-the-scenes with most of the key players on Finishing the Game.

Deleted Scenes with Optional Director/Co-Writer/Composer Commentary (17:15): There are 8 here, revealing a serial killer subplot and a few extra characters.

A Music Video and the Theatrical Trailer round out the disc.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Finishing the Game had potential, but it takes a hell of alot more than being a fan of Game of Death (and Bruce Lee) to get through this one. It's all in the mind...
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