Reindeer Games Movie Review
Ben Affleck was in two movies in the beginning of the year, one of which was Boiler Room, the other Reindeer Games. He picked a really good script... in Boiler Room. Nobody's perfect, so that explains why Ben Affleck chose to do Reindeer Games, a stupid and predictable "plot twister" that has more cheesy moments than it does serious ones.
Actually, it is amazing that any of the stars decided to do this film. Charlize Theron is a rising star, but Reindeer Games didn't do anything to help. Gary Sinise is one of the best actors out of there, but it shows that when he wants to be a bad guy, he can't pick scripts (see Snake Eyes). This is not to say that the actors do a bad job; it's just that the twists in this film - the only thing that could possibly save Reindeer Games - are horribly done, and what results is a lackluster action comedy thriller.
I'm going to try not to give anything away, but maybe I should so you won't want to watch this movie. Even if you do, you'll guess what the next plot twist will be long before it happens. Remember Wild Things? Now that movie had good plot twists and you didn't see most of them coming before they wanted you to. Reindeer Games is the exact opposite, in that just about everything is predictable.
Also, as an action movie Reindeer Games has nothing to offer. The action is sparse and not very exciting, and all the explosions are shown in the trailer come at the very end, and they can't even be considered action.
The ending is pretty bad. Not only are the plot twists predictable and unbelievable, as already mentioned, but Affleck manages to kill off both the bad guys (I didn't give anything away that you already didn't know, did I?) in the same fashion. How lame is that?
The only thing going for Reindeer Games is a few patches of comedy here and there, and a very short but sexy love scene between Affleck and Theron. Still, Reindeer Games is a waste of Theron bearing all, and is waste of most people's time.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.