Review Date: December 22, 2000
Director: Norman Jewison
Writer: William Harrison
Producers: Norman Jewison
The lead character, played effectively by James Caan, just spends way too much time trying to figure out why the team owners want him to quit. And I mean...spends A LOT of time trying to figure it out! Thatís pretty much the plot of the movie the whole way through. Not the most interesting way that this film could have gone.
After a while, I just didnít care anymore and to be honest, once the reasoning behind his query was laid out near the end of the film, I wasnít entirely impressed or surprised by its obvious conclusions. This film is basically a "big brother" type of flick with a little of the old GLADIATOR movies mixed in (this would be during the actual games, which are pretty cool).
Thereís also a huge social commentary undertone with Communism et al, but all that was just too deep. Very little of it resonated with me. The score/soundtrack of the film was also non-existent and I didnít entirely buy into the actual deaths during the games being taken so frivolously by everyone. Hello...?!? Whatís up with you people...stop cheering...people are killing each other, dammit!!
All in all, the movie has a cool idea, a strong performance by Caan but nothing too entertaining otherwise.