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Reindeer Games
BLU-RAY disk
04.02.2012 By: J.A. Hamilton
Reindeer Games order
Director:
John Frankenheimer

Actors:
Ben Affleck
Gary Sinise
Charlize Theron

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A recently released ex-con takes on the identity of his fallen cellmate to get with a girl he'd been writing to while inside. His romantic rendezvous gets bumpy when his new woman's brother and crew of lackeys call his bluff, thinking he's the key to pulling off a casino heist.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Ben Affleck. You know, I don't care what anyone says, I dig the guy as an action star. I know many people hated DAREDEVIL but I honestly think Affleck nailed the role of Matt Murdock, I might be the only one but I was hoping for a franchise there (no it wasn't a perfect flick but the second one could've learned from the first's mistakes). In case you're now wondering, no, I'm not at all saying REINDEER GAMES was his moment to shine (loved him in PHANTOMS, ARMAGEDDON, PAYCHECK and THE TOWN), of course he is the one thing that makes this flick watchable, but barely.

I dug the prison build up, and though it starts off feeling like a bit of love story gone wrong, I dug when he got thrown into the mix with Gary Sinise and his crew. However, the one thing that always got me with this flick was that it feels like it's revving it's engine trying to get somewhere, but just doesn't ever take off. The action is alright, but a hero's only as good as the villain(s) and I'm not buying Senise's doped out biker/surfer look here, and his brain dead crew aren't any better (sorry Danny Trejo, I love ya and all, and you did provide the funniest lines about a second Christmas, but I just wasn't feeling the villain vibe here). Also, knocking off a casino, even if it is Christmas Eve, should never be remotely easy to pull off, especially here when you come to find out none of these fools have any clue as to what in hell they're doing (loved the Pow-wow safe bit though, cracked me up).

REINDEER GAMES isn't really worth your time beyond a single viewing out of sheer boredom and lack of options. Even the title is lame, lamer still is how they threw it in there via a poorly delivered line from Sinise which no one would dream of saying. Ever. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind Sinise (IMPOSTER is one of my favourite flicks of all time, seriously, if you haven't seen it, go rent or buy it today) this just wasn't his flick. Nobody wins here, especially when the (ahem) climax rolls around and the diabolical twist surfaces for air...zzz, sorry I dosed off for a second there. I really don't know what kind of stale peyote the collective intelligence behind this flick was on at the time, but I'd like some for my next party. And finally, when all's said and done (it's painfully obvious how this will end), dude gives away all his money. Are you f*cking kidding here!? After all that, all you care about is sitting at home with the family eating Christmas dinner? Your mom must cook one hell of a turkey, brother.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director John Frankenheimer leads the way but doesn't appear to be overly excited about anything, so I have absolutely no idea why any of us should be either. He does however have tremendous respect for his actors...I guess that's something.

Original Theatrical Cut Scenes: I know this Blu-ray is sporting the whole "Director's Cut" thing, but I'll be honest here, the differences are slight and inconsequential. It is however, a great reason to watch the both versions of the sex scene.

Behind the Scenes Featurette: A six minute behind the scenes look? Why bother? This one feels like a fluff piece to give off the illusion this Blu-ray has special features. Lame.

Previews: There's a theatrical trailer for the feature as well as some other previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you haven't seen it by now, don't bother, look for IMPOSTER instead. Affleck has a couple cool lines and a couple cool moments, but nothing to get all excited about, unless you call a small cameo by Ashton Kutcher (before he was somebody) exciting. Didn't think so.
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7:03PM on 04/04/2012
Wow, that's pretty harsh. This movie does have way too many stupid twists and is more than flawed, but I still enjoyed it more than that Daredevil trash.
Wow, that's pretty harsh. This movie does have way too many stupid twists and is more than flawed, but I still enjoyed it more than that Daredevil trash.
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3:03AM on 04/02/2012
Yeah this movie was kinda boring but strangely its Gary Sinise who I thought was the only thing interesting. Oh, and a topless Charlize Theron :D
Yeah this movie was kinda boring but strangely its Gary Sinise who I thought was the only thing interesting. Oh, and a topless Charlize Theron :D
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