In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, Nicholas finds himself consumed by a dangerous set of ever-changing rules, unable to distinguish where the charade ends and reality begins.
[Spoilers] Man, I really didn't like the ending here. David Fincher has mentioned his distaste for the final third of this, and I understand why. For much of the movie, it's suspenseful, keeps you guessing and asking questions, but then it ends with disappointment. Too much occurs as well where C.P.R. knew what Nicholas was going to do and where he was going to go. I understand they did extensive personality and psychological testing, but nothing is that accurate. He should have jumped to his death at the end after 'the game' pushed him too far. That would've been a better ending than a perfectly placed air cushion that he lands on and then ending up with the woman who put him through this... A 4/5 with a better conclusion.