This whole exercise is but an excuse to use the little remaining Lee footage to make a quick buck, but admittedly the final bits of Game of Death are a worthy way of remembering the star's real talent.Entertainment: 3/10 (last 20 minutes: 8/10) : A documentary on a chess game might not appear to make for an exciting subject, but Game Over - Kasparov and the Machine almost manages to make it so.The main reason for this isn't the capable if only average script, but it's choice of helmer: At the hands of sophomore feature director Fincher (fresh off the disastrous Alien 3), the film exudes style and slick production values, showing a great visual flair and narrative pacing.Sure it's still Hollywood fluff that never quite reaches the expectations posed half-way through, but it does show those elements that made Fincher's future works like Seven and Panic Room such engrossing thrillers.It's too bad that in the enthusiasm for attacking IBM, the film throws in too many shots of an 18th century "chess machine" (one that was obviously controlled by human hands), hammering the point that there was "obvious" human interference in the match.If it's all a bit ham-fisted, the film ends up being as much a portrait of an ego-centric yet charming genius as it is a condemnation of a bullying IBM and its pressure tactics.: Galaxy Quest is a wonderful, affectionate, hilarious send-up of Star Trek, Trekkies, actors and TV shows in general, and it's a great adventure-comedy to boot.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.
The mystery and the thrill of its premise, of course, is not knowing what is part of this dangerous "game" and what is reality, and just where the conspiracy ends.As such, there's a lot of long shots of Lee's character, with either his head turned from the camera or deep in shadow to avoid us realizing that it's not Lee on screen.Yet the camera rarely even tries to hide the fact that this isn't Lee!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.
Everyone else will appreciate - if not enthuse over - the blend of paranoia and the telling insider details, making Game Over an interesting look into a controversial event.