A bit of a red headed stepchild from the Fincher oeuvre, but I love it.
It's completely absurd and falls apart upon close inspection when all the pieces come together, but damn if Michael Douglas doesn't hold it all together anyway and make you not care with his dependably riveting performance.
Fincher keeps the pace fairly brisk and knows how to hold your attention, so you never really have time to stop and wonder how all this game shit is working. The movie does a good job of keeping you guessing while keeping you entertained, and the performances are all solid. I'm a big fan of Howard Shore and he turns in another fantastic score. This is also one of my favorite Fincher in terms of the look...the cinematography is fantastic.
For some bizarre reason this has never had a proper home video release. The Criterion laserdisc had a commentary and other cool features but only a small number of discs were released and I've never had a chance to track it down. The dvd was non anamorphic with no features; we never got a special edition, and as far as I know, the UK released blu ray looks like shit, has no special features and isn't Fincher sanctioned, which explains the poor video quality. Last I heard there's supposed to be a Criterion blu ray coming out, it was supposed to be out last April but I don't think it ever happened. Certainly an underrated black sheep film in the Fincher canon. It's certainly better than Alien 3.
Edited by Ambler - 2/24/12 at 12:06am