Dimension Home Video | Release Date: February 25, 2000
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Overwhelming dislike based on 137 Ratings
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SpangleDec 19, 2016
Reindeer Games is an incredible disposable action flick with a silly and cliched plot. Fortunately, it is tremendously fun. Directed by John Frankenheimer, Reindeer Games has a largely silly plot with odd plot twists along the way that do notReindeer Games is an incredible disposable action flick with a silly and cliched plot. Fortunately, it is tremendously fun. Directed by John Frankenheimer, Reindeer Games has a largely silly plot with odd plot twists along the way that do not really seem to make sense. It is as if they are thrown in there at the very end just to make the film seem less predictable. While I was enjoying the movie up until the ending, this element really detracted from the final product.

Starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Charlize Theron, Reindeer Games features solid acting performances that are largely hammed up a good bit. In particular, Sinise turns in a hammy and over-the-top performance as the villainous Gabriel Mercer. A kooky sort of criminal who is dead set on pulling off this robbery at all costs, Gabriel. He is the "brother" of Ashley Mercer (Theron), who assists him in roping in Nick Cassidy, a convict being let out of jail, into helping them knock off a casino Nick once worked for. However, unfortunately, Nick is killed and in his place, his cellmate Rudy Duncan (Affleck) pretends to be Nick. Tasked with helping Santa fly his sleigh, Rudy is forced to assist them in robbing the casino while also keeping up the ruse that he is Nick Cassidy. What ensues is an action-packed and a tense robbery, betrayals, and constant deception. Admittedly, Reindeer Games did not quite end up as I would have expected, so I cannot predictable. That said, in its action, the film is certainly quite cliche.

Fortunately, John Frankenheimer knows action and makes the film compelling. In particular, the robbery sequence is filled with twists and fun action set pieces. Throughout, Frankenheimer instills the scene with tension and keeps the audience guessing as to what will transpire next. Unfortunately what transpires next is a ludicrous conclusion. Yes, the rest of the film is absolutely nuts too. I admit. However, the ending is a step above and really seems incredibly contrived and convenient just to make the film longer and seem more twisty than it really was.

Other than this though, Reindeer Games does not really deserve its poor reputation. Is it good? Not by any means. Is it disposable? Again, yes. However, it is fun while it lasts and watching three very good actors in Affleck, Sinise, and Theron, have this much fun in a Frankenheimer film is worth a little over an hour and a half of your time. For action junkies, Reindeer Games should more than fit the bill with the last half hour feeling as though it were lifted straight out of a Michael Bay movie.
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LoRevisorJan 28, 2015
Ótimo suspense de ação,creio que ao contrário do que Charlize Theron disse esse não é o pior filme dela e de fato não é um filme ruim do diretor John Frankenheimer infelizmente seu último filme.
História intrigante,com um desenvolvimento
Ótimo suspense de ação,creio que ao contrário do que Charlize Theron disse esse não é o pior filme dela e de fato não é um filme ruim do diretor John Frankenheimer infelizmente seu último filme.
História intrigante,com um desenvolvimento inteligente. Com sólidas atuações de Ben Affleck,Charlize Theron,Gary Sinise,Donal Logue,James Frain.
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DavidT_WilliamsMar 2, 2012
The little action that exists in Reindeer Games is let down by the nonsensical plot turns, the uninspired performances and unlikeable characters. The heist storyline has been done over one hundred times, every one better than this.
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NinaM.Jun 16, 2006
Director's Cut- Huge improvement over the original. Adds alot more character development along with even more action.
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