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To fully enjoy Reindeer Games, it must be approached properly: your disbelief must be checked at the door, as this John Frankenheimer film needs be taken with a liberal dose of pure faith in the magic of movie plotting.

Christmas approaches and all Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) can think about is the hot chocolate and pecan pie beckoning when he gets out of prison in a couple of days. But standing between him and his sated stomach is Ashley (Charlize Theron), an irresistible woman waiting for him upon his release. Without giving away any of the myriad twists of this thriller, Rudy falls for Ashley, thus becoming forcibly embroiled in a casino-robbery scheme helmed by Ashley's brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise).

Frankenheimer, who excels at devious plot machinations, ¨¤ la The Manchurian Candidate, goes far enough here to stretch the patience of even his most loyal fans. The script relies a little heavily on bad Christmas jokes, and the film is overwhelmed with close-ups. The convoluted turns become outrageous to the point of ludicrous; yet it's all done in the spirit of fun, and once you get past the implausibility, Frankenheimer takes you on a rousing ride. While Affleck doesn't seem quite hardened enough to be a convicted car thief, he does a superb job with a thin script, and Sinise is as sinister as ever. Theron provides more decoration than acting due to the lightweight plot, but my, what lovely decoration she is. For a thought-provoking evening, stick with the earlier Frankenheimer films; for an adrenaline-pumping evening, Reindeer Games has all the violence, chases, and sex scenes for a night of entertaining diversion. --Jenny Brown

Customer Reviews:

  • hot
    alittle slow in spots but otherwise great film with good ending and prelude to an ending and i guess you could say good prelude to a start and what every review should anounce charlize that hot piece gets naked in two different long scenes excellent i also heard it wasnt that good along with battlefield earth. sooo wrong they both rock....more info
  • IT'S SO BAD, IT'S FUNNY...
    One thing is to suspend belief, another is to suspend one's intelligence, which is what this movie requires. This movie is so bad, it is actually funny, at times. Replete with a bad script and bad acting, it revolves around a convoluted plot that has so many twists and turns, as to simply not be believable. The casting is bad, as well. Ben Affleck as a hardened convict? Come on...give me a break! He is simply not a good enough actor to play against type, charming though he be.

    Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck), a professional car thief who has just spent six years in the can, is looking forward to being released and returning to his family for Xmas. His cell mate of six years, Nick, is likewise looking forward to his own simultaneous release, so that he can join his beautiful girl friend and pen pal, Ashley (Charlize Theron), about whom he has talked to Rudy incessantly for years and to whom he has read all her letters. Unfortunately, two days before Nick's and Rudy's release, Nick is stabbed, ostensibly to death.

    When Rudy leaves prison, he sees the beautiful Ashley waiting for Nick. Having heard all about her for years and feeling like he knows her, Rudy assumes Nick's identity, and hooks up with her. Unbeknownst to Rudy, Ashley has an evil brother (Gary Sinise). When Rudy meets him, somewhat unceromoniously, he forces Rudy to become part of a casino robbery, because he believe Rudy to be Nick and is counting on Nick's prior knowledge of the casino to help them plot the robbery. When Rudy confesses to not being Nick, Sinise does not believe him, and Rudy is forced to use his wits to stay alive.

    The twists and turns continue. If you think the brother is evil, the viewer finds out that he has nothing on his sister, Ashley. Unfortunately, it gets so unbelievable, as to be ludicrous, and the movie spirals out of control. Like I said, it's so bad, it's funny. Rent it, Don't buy it....more info
  • A lot of fun
    It is true that this movie doesn't have a believable plot, but that doesn't stop it from being good entertainment. There is nothing wrong with the acting, the film moves at a fast pace and has a good sense of humour. If you are looking for bit of fun(god forbid) in an action/thriller film, then look no further.

    Obviously it will be said that I am lacking in intelligence for liking this film, but I can live with that....more info

  • The plot thickens.
    I really enjoyed this movie because of the plot twists throughout.Ben Affleck is great as the innocent bystander.My heart goes out to the casino boss who "don`t wanna go back to Vegas"!Again it is a great movie with a fast paced script...come December i will be looking over my shoulder at the street Santa Clauses......HO HO HO...more info
  • Way to go Charlize!!!!!
    I loved this movie not only because Ben Affleck is such a good actor and a unbelieveable hottie but, because the salacious Charlize Theron shows a whole new side of her acting ability. Charlize gets down dirty, and I think that she did a phenomenal job. "Reindeer Games" is one of Ben Affleck's best movies in my opinion. Another good thing about it is that you have no idea how the game plays out until the end....more info
  • Let the games begin
    If you're looking for a suspenseful, entertaining flick to watch (particularly around Christmastime), then this movie might be for you. It's the first movie I've seen in a long time that actually kept me guessing.

    The cast features two top notch performers in Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron. The rest of the actors are OK, but are more-or-less afterthoughts to this standout tandem. Affleck is an emerging star who possesses a commanding screen presence normally only afforded by older, more distinguished actors such as Sean Connery & Ed Harris. Theron proves to be his theatrical equal as she performs with an acting dynamic and erotic allure not seen since Marlene Dietrich.

    If you want a film that will stand up to extensive cinematic scrutiny, then this film is probably not for you. However, if you want a movie that you can sit back, relax & enjoy, then you can't do much better. Just seeing Affleck & Theron on-screen at the same time is worth the price of the DVD. That it takes place in my home state of Michigan is also an added plus. 8-)...more info

  • Reindeer Games - Please don't let me see this again
    This movie was just terrible. The acting is the worst that I have seen out of all of the actors. It's not because they are bad actors, it is because they were given such terrible dialogue to work with. Ben Affleck's character didn't know whether to be tough or scared. It was just so up and down, that it seemed like he was playing two characters. A wimp and a tough guy. It didn't make sense. The only reason that I gave the movie 2 instead of one stars is because it had a little surprise at the end that I didn't expect. Other than that, it was a complete waste of time. I wouldn't even advise renting it, let alone buying it....more info
  • I Wouldn't Call This an Action Picture, But It's Still Good
    A few of the reviews of "Reindeer Games", mostly negative ones, refer to it mistakenly as an action picture. I don't agree with that characterization. This is more like a good crime drama, with a little bit of action here and there.

    Ben Affleck portrays a prisoner who along with his cellmate is ready to leave prison. When the cellmate unexpectedly dies, Affleck takes his place and meets a woman (Charlize Theron) with whom the cellmate had a "pen pal" relationship. He is soon unwillingly recruited by her brother (Gary Sinise) to assist in a casino robbery.

    The plot was interesting and has more than a few unexpected and somewhat implausible plot twists, but it nevertheless entertains. Director John Frankenheimer's stock in trade is taut political dramas such as "Seven Days in May" and "The Manchurian Candidate", which typically don't feature much gunplay or violence, and the violence in this film is certainly restrained compared to what one would normally expect to see in a motion picture of this nature. This may be what some viewers found so disappointing.

    The acting was good all around. Sinise, in particular, shines as a malevolent truck driver with just a hint of Charlie Manson. Performances like this leave little doubt as to why he's one of the best supporting actors in motion pictures. Dennis Farina, also a favorite of mine, is very good as a disenfranchised casino manager.

    I recommend "Reindeer Games", but not as a "shoot-em-up" good-guy bad-guy movie like "Die Hard"....more info

  • Could this movie be anymore obvious?
    This movie should be in the comedy section, because I found myself laughing at it more than being thrilled at it. The characters are just plain stupid, mostly Gary Sinese (whenever I see him with long hair I always think of him without legs...not a very threatening villian I must say). The plot twists are obvious, and stupid. Bad acting, bad script, BAD MOVIE!!!...more info
  • I wasted two hours of potential sleep time for this?
    This film, while not really awful, is quite bad. The plot is forced, the dialogue is just bad, and it contains a performance by Gary Sinise that one is tempted to call "hammy." The only actors to retain their dignity are the ones with little screen time, namely Donal Logue (Pug) and James Frain (Nick). At least Affleck's accent is consistent.

    I thought this would be a good Friday-night-with-chinese-food flick, but it's not even fun. The fault lies in the script, because all problems can be directly attributed to the writing, including the twist at the end.

    The actors give it their best, and Frankenheimer does what he can to keep the pace up, but there's really nothing that can be done to salvage this patently unnecessary waste of time.

    Just skip it....more info

  • rediculous from start to finish.
    A guy in prison decides he wants to rob the casino he once worked in. Since this is likely to be dangerous he dupes his cellmate into comitting the crime. But poor Ben (who, in some scenes can hardly keep from laughing) doesn't know anything about the casino. Oops.

    Now I understand this is not a documentary but this is so utterly unbelieveable that it spoils everything. The problem is, there isn't any reason for the bad guys to keep Ben around--except that he's the star.

    Big comedy potential, especially with the Santa suits....more info

  • IT'S SO BAD, IT'S FUNNY...
    One thing is to suspend belief, another is to suspend one's intelligence, which is what this movie requires. This movie is so bad, it is actually funny, at times. Replete with a bad script and bad acting, it revolves around a convoluted plot that has so many twists and turns, as to simply not be believable. The casting is bad, as well. Ben Affleck as a hardened convict? Come on...give me a break! He is simply not a good enough actor to play against type, charming though he be.

    Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck), a professional car thief who has just spent six years in the can, is looking forward to being released and returning to his family for Xmas. His cell mate of six years, Nick, is likewise looking forward to his own simultaneous release, so that he can join his beautiful girl friend and pen pal, Ashley (Charlize Theron), about whom he has talked to Rudy incessantly for years and to whom he has read all her letters. Unfortunately, two days before Nick's and Rudy's release, Nick is stabbed, ostensibly to death.

    When Rudy leaves prison, he sees the beautiful Ashley waiting for Nick. Having heard all about her for years and feeling like he knows her, Rudy assumes Nick's identity, and hooks up with her. Unbeknownst to Rudy, Ashley has an evil brother (Gary Sinise). When Rudy meets him, somewhat unceromoniously, he forces Rudy to become part of a casino robbery, because he believe Rudy to be Nick and is counting on Nick's prior knowledge of the casino to help them plot the robbery. When Rudy confesses to not being Nick, Sinise does not believe him, and Rudy is forced to use his wits to stay alive.

    The twists and turns continue. If you think the brother is evil, the viewer finds out that he has nothing on his sister, Ashley. Unfortunately, it gets so unbelievable, as to be ludicrous, and the movie spirals out of control. Like I said, it's so bad, it's funny. Rent it, Don't buy it....more info
  • Fun And Games
    Ben Affleck is a really likeable star. He's goofy, good-looking, and gritty all at once. REINDEER GAMES is by no means a sophisticated thriller, but it is a fun one.

    Ben (our hero) starts out in prison for stealing cars. He indirectly falls in love with his prison-mate's letter-writing girlfriend. At first I thought this movie was going to be a love story. The first 20 minutes is about how Ben and Charlize Theron's character meet and fall in love. It's cute.

    Then the action kicks in. The movie is slick and fast paced. We meet Gary Sinise's sinister character. He's sexy and slimy all at once (with some major bags under his eyes! Affleck is forced to lie about his identity. This plot development is fun, but the believability of it gets pushed when Theron's character doesn't seem to have any sort of emotional reaction to who Affleck REALLY is.

    But why quibble? REINDEER GAMES is a blast. Although it telegraphs its ending in the first scene (I hate that!) it's still fun getting to the end. There are surprises and explosions. And the scenery is very cool (is it Michigan? ).

    I wasn't blown away by the extra's on this disc, however I won't complain because DVD extra's beat VHS any day!

    Enjoy this film. I did....more info

  • Reindeer Poop
    Why let logic get in the way of a movie's ending? Why do we need script writers at all? Let's just put some good looking people on the screen, add some scary character actors and then blow stuff up. This movie starts outs ok but it is always desperate to find ways to keep this group of backstabbers together. The logic gets thinner and thinner as the movie goes along. It doesn't have a lot of logic to begin with but the ending is so laughably insane that you'll find it hard to believe. Any other special guest villians hinding in the wings? The movie is so intent on "tricking" you that it loses all believability. Just fast forward to Charlize's topless scene and then cut your losses....more info
  • Bad for Hollywood, Which Means Really, Really Bad
    The problem with this movie is that its creators decided that, rather than play it straight, they were going to make it hip, like the loathsome Pulp Fiction, or the puerile Fargo. The result is that every single thing in it--the plot, the characters, the scene, everything--either rings false or is completely out of touch with reality as we know it. Indeed, it is an insulting movie in that it treats its viewers as if they were morons, or ignorant children.

    Let's start with the prison scene. I don't believe anyone among us is under the impression that prison food is particularly wonderful, but a cockroach in each and every serving of jello? I don't think so. And, after the riot begins, the doors to the cafeteria open, and voila! We see probably fifty officers, dressed in riot gear with shields and helmets and sticks, ready to come in, thirty seconds after all of this starts. C'mon! Have they been waiting out there? For a riot to start?

    We come to learn that the Ben Affleck character has been in there for five years. A full grown man, five years in a maximum security prison. You would think that this might have an effect on him. Some effect. Any. But what does he tell his friend he wants to do when he gets out? He wants a cup of hot chocolate. Yes, a wittle cup of hot chocwate. Ohhh, the poor little cute Ben! Maybe he wants his teddy bear too!

    So he gets out, and he sees the girl that his friend, now dead, was supposed to meet. What does he do? What would you do? Well, the obvious thing, the normal thing, like introducing yourself and giving her the bad news, doesn't occur to him. So he pretends to be the guy.

    Of course, the girl falls for it, despite the fact that Affleck is just this side of illiterate, and they immediately fall in love with each other. We are meant to know this, you know, because Hollywood's idea of showing people in love is that as soon as they get any kind of privacy whatsoever--like in an elevator, or the back seat of a car, or in this case a hotel room--they attack each other and rip each other's clothes off and roll around the floor like a couple of demented wrestling midgets.

    But oooooooh, the girl has a brother, who thinking Ben is the dead guy, wants to use him in a scheme to rob a casino. See, the dead guy purportedly had a knowledge of the layout of the place. Well, we know Ben is not the dead guy, and Ben tells them he's not the dead guy about twenty times, but when they threaten to kill him he changes his mind and tells them that he is the dead guy after all. Somehow, all the bad guys believe him, even though every single sentient human being in the theatre can see through this clumsy lie a mile away. In the end it turns out their clever plan--which is to go into the place guns blazing--doesn't require any knowledge of the layout at all, but I guess we're not supposed to notice this.

    This movie allegedly takes place in Michigan. Hollywood's idea of Michigan--as well as Minnesota and North Dakota judging from other recent films--is that it is a desolate, snowy wasteland, about three degrees south of the Arctic circle, and populated by beer-drinking, gun-toting, truck-driving ignorant yokels, who carry NRA cards and find enjoyment in ice-fishing. It makes you wonder whether these Hollywood meatheads have even ever been to Michigan. I know this is hard to believe, but Michigan has universities, and cities, and streets, and cars, and phones and even liberals! God, get a clue!

    The acting wasn't so bad, given the ludicrous script that these people were given to work with, but special note must be paid to Ben Affleck, whose acting was beyond awful. He is threatened with death about five times, he has guns held, nay, jammed into various parts of his body, he is shot at, beaten, trapped in a frozen lake under the ice, and finally, in an incredible scene, he learns that not only doesn't his girlfriend love him, she is cheating on him with the gang leader, and they are plotting to murder him! What is his reaction to all of this? Each and every time? He stares dolefully into space, with a hurt deer look in his eyes. Aww, poor, poor Ben! Those mean nasty people!

    His emotional range is non-existent, and his intellectual range apparently hasn't reached the level beyond teenager. I am not kidding. There should be a law against this guy playing any role in which the character is over 14. He may be the worst actor in Hollywood. No, I take that back. There are dozens who are just as bad, but believe me, he is crawling around the bottom of the barrel with the worst of them.

    And the denouement? Well, it almost seems redundant to discuss. It should be no surprise that every single clich¨¦ of the last ten years is here: the gun blasting, the bullet ridden bodies, the explosions, the surprise ending followed by the second and third surprise endings, the hero overcoming overwhelming odds, the hero muttering an Arnold Schwarzenneger-type jocko phrase, and the villians dying horrific deaths. Just as we've come to expect.

    But the ending--Mr. Affleck putting his ill gotten money in various mailboxes around town while wearing a Santa suit and while sappy Christmas music plays in the background--was superlatively doltish, and resulted in loud, bellowing, hyena guffaws from every corner of the theatre. Well, mine anyway....more info

  • Nice twist and turns.
    Cute people and some nice explosions, but very hard to suspend disbelief....more info
  • reindeer games
    this movies was such a dissapointment to me that it mad me sick. It is so confusing and pointless that I couldnt help but to laf at how stuped and pointless it was....more info
  • Very Entertaining
    "Reindeer Games" works on so many levels as an action film, it's damn near flawless. In fact, I think it is flawless except for the lame-brained twist that was thrown in at the end, but that didn't ruin it so I stick to my five stars. I'm going to have to start trusting Elmore Leonard a lot more, because his mini-review on the cover sums up everything well. "Reindeer Games Rocks! A High-Energy Thriller That Never Lets Go." He's more accurate than Stephen King has been about certain movies. Anyways, the movie stars Ben Affleck as Rudy; a prison inmate who listens to his cellmate Nick talk about his penpal. The penpal is Ashley (Charlize Theron) who waits for Nick to get out of prison. Rudy and Nick each get out on the same day (3 days) and discuss what they're going to do. Nick is going to meet up with Ashley, Rudy is going to get some hot chocolate. But then, Nick dies and Rudy assumes his identity and meets up with Ashley. Things click between Rudy and Ashley (she's under the impression he's Nick) but then things change again. Ashley's brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise) has read some of the letters and plans to use Nick to help him and his gang rob a casino. Explaining to them that he's not Nick, does Rudy no good and he ends up being caught up inescapably part of the plan. The movie also boasts an impressive cast that includes Dennis Farina (Get Shorty), Danny Trejo (The Devil's Rejects), and Donal Logue (TV's Grounded for Life). Now, besides the great plot and interesting twists; the movie is also fueled by some great performances. Affleck is believable as Rudy and Theron is perfect at going from good girl to deceitful b**ch. It's Sinise that really packs some punch though. This is Gary Sinise in top form and this is the role that he is meant to play. The long haired, bearded bad guy. Sinise truly delivers some great supporting work here. This is one of the most exciting action films I've seen in a long time and if you're not a big fan of action films, well there's a bonus...Check out Charlize Theron's nude scene (not a sex scene, but a pre-sex scene; You can count on seeing some t 'n' a though).

    GRADE: A
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  • Excellent popcorn movie
    I went into this with a "well, this is all they had at the video rental store at 11:55pm on a Saturday night and I know better but I want to watch SOMETHING" attitude. But I came out pretty pleased. This is not a great film. But it's well paced, suspenseful, and boasts some good plot twists.

    The acting by Affleck and Sinese is top rank. Theron doesn't so much act as provide delicious eye candy. If you look like Theoron, and you don't have to carry the movie, you get a pass and she gets that pass here.

    This is no Arlington Road (a movie that share's the same writer); that is an example of a GREAT movie in this suspense-with-clever-plot twists genre. But this movie is a terrific popcorn movie. Sit back and be entertained. Note: be sure you engage your willing suspension of disbelief before starting the movie.

    dap...more info

  • Funny action/drama ?
    Wasn't sure what to make of this movie. What with the sinister plot hatched by Gary Sinise (Gabriel) and Charlize Theron (Ashley) using Ben Affleck (Rudy) as their pawn. And Rudy digging himself so much deeper into an inescapable dilemma, and also having to deal with the psychotic accomplices of Gabriel and Ashley. Especially the wacked-out "Merlin," played by Clarence Williams III, which hearkens one back to his equally psychotic character in Roy Scheider's 1986 movie: "52 Pick-Up."

    That Rudy was actually able to concoct a plan of escape (and revenge) in so short a time, with all the odds stacked against him; was a minor miracle. But then again, it's the movies. There were some lighthearted moments in the movie that also brought on some real comic relief; which also broke some of the tension from the psychotic behavior of Rudy's adversaries. The "Santa Claus Shootout," was actually an exciting and well choreographed segment. A very funny, yet rewarding ending. ...more info
  • A Lump Of Coal
    First i am going to start out by saying that John Frankinheimer is a great director and great at creating plot twists a la The Manchurian Candidate and Last years Ronin. Now with the movie Ben Affleck stars in the title role as a con who is soon to get out of prison in a couple of days and on the outside is lovely Charlize theron waiting for him after Rudy's(Affleck) cell mate wrote letters to her from prison when he was killed Rudy goes as his dead cell mate. But on the out side he gets invloved is Ashley's(Theron) brothers casino heist plan. Gabriel played by Gary Sinise who is cooking this plan for this floundering michigan casino. So Rudy gets invloved.

    Coming from Screenwriter Ethren Kruger and John Frakinheimer you would expect something more thrilling. But this movie was sh shallow mainly because of the weak script and thin plotting and wasting good talent. The more you watch of this movie you begin to scoff in disbelief and the twists are so predictibable. Another problem is with the casting of Ben Affleck who is generally a good actor but as an action he has to mature because he has a goofy charm to him that is not ment for action roles. To sum it all up Reindeer Games is a BIG LUMP OF COAL...more info

  • One hell of a good movie!
    This is probably one of my favorite movies. The main story in 'Reindeer Games' is that an excon, Rudy Duncan (affleck) poses as his jailmate in order to meet his pen pal Ashley (theron). Then her brother, thinking that affleck is really the jailmate, forces him at gunpoint to help him rob a casino. This movie was more than what I had expected in all the right categories. Nonstop action meets tingling suspense and even some humor. Rent this movie... I garantee that you will love it just as I did. I will definately be buying this one when it comes out on VHS. I LOVE IT!...more info