Review Date: April 30, 2001
Director: Daniel Minahan
Writer: Daniel Minahan
Producers: J. Kliot, K. Roumel, C. Vachon, J. Vicente
Brooke Smith as Dawn Lagarto
Glenn Fitzgerald as Jeffrey Norman
Marylouise Burke as Connie Trabuco
But you gotta give credit where credit is due, and the folks behind this movie really did a great job of presenting us with an extremely realistic portrayal of an actual "game show", packed with all the goodies, including the over-the-top narrator, the home video shots, the steady cam and everything else that comes with the package. But what was even more impressive about this movie, and the thing that took it to that other level for me, was the fact that all of the actors in the film were dynamite and thoroughly believable. I mean, you really felt like these people were stuck in this game for real, fighting for their lives. Of course, the film wouldn't really have worked otherwise, but major kudos go out to all of the lead actors, and especially to Brooke Smith and Glenn Fitzgerald, who just pulled me into their own personal stories and solidified my involvement in the film. Overall, the film didn't bore me for a second, surprised me consistently (especially the ending, which was "to die for"!), made me laugh and squirm, and most importantly, entertained me throughout.
Note: Some might question how this type of "game" would ever exist in a society such as ours, a query not touched upon in this film, but I liked the fact that they didn't get into all that. You basically have to go into the movie believing that this type of "game" is accepted by society as a whole, in whatever year that the show is set, and roll with that. Of course, it goes without saying that the way "reality TV" shows are going nowadays, God knows what the future will truly hold for us.