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If the logic of the proceedings and actual workings of the game aren't fool-proof, especially during the disappointing "not-so-surprise" ending, the script does give some good twists and turns, and works just fine as a well-executed thriller.
Perfectly suited for its off-again-on-again leading man, Douglas fits into the role like a glove as a man used to being in control breaking under the pressure of events outside his reckoning.
It's obvious that the writers are as much fans of the original material as the people they poke fun of, making you laugh at the endearing material, and even bringing the occasional pang of nostalgia.
Unger is an always-interesting choice as the troubled romantic interest who's more than what she seems, and a mousy Penn as his always-in-trouble younger brother is an added bonus.
Sure, The Game is a slice of Hollywood hokum, but at least it's well-done hokum that's sure to please fans of the genre and fans of Douglas.
To add to the running time, there's even an extended ring-match with Sammo Hung fighting one of the villains.
Though director Clouse who worked with Lee on Enter the Dragon was brought in to take care of production, this has all the makings of a 70's cheapie production when two-bit Lee imitators vied for audiences, and even he can't make a leaden, stupid script work.