(out of 5)
Bill Murray is delightful in this spry comedic version of The Game that combines British wit and American slapstick with impressive flair. He plays a doltish Blockbuster Video employee who comes to London to visit his industrial mogul brother (Peter Gallagher) on the night that the brother is to make a very important presentation to some business associates. Hoping to get rid of his very embarrassing sibling for the evening, Gallagher signs Murray up for “The Theatre Of Life”, a role-playing theatrical activity that allows customers to interact with actors putting on a show, accompanying them through London and experiencing a staged adventure. Unfortunately, Murray gets his signals crossed and accidentally winds up getting involved in real espionage, hooking up with a femme fatale (Joanne Whalley) and hilariously surviving many dangerous situations with incredible ease because of his whimsical luck and nonchalant attitude. The whole time he still believes he’s in a game, while the fate of the British empire rests in his very incapable hands. Rib-tickling situations abound in a surprisingly enjoyable film considering it’s a one-joke premise, with Murray’s bubbly performance and the brisk direction keeping it afloat.
Directed by Jon Amiel
Cinematography by Robert M. Stevens
Music by Christopher Young
Production Design by Jim Clay
Costume Design by Janty Yates
Cast Tags: Adam Fogerty,Aiden Treays, Alfred Molina, Andrei Simonov,Andrew Woodall, Anna Chancellor, Ashley Gunstock,Barnaby Kay, Ben Tribe,Bibs Ekkel, Bill Murray,Bob Holmes, Cate Fowler,Charles Simon, Cliff Parisi, Damian Myerscough, Daryll Kay,David Boyce, David Hounslow, David Michaels, David Ruffin,Derek Smee, Dexter Fletcher, Donald Pickering, Eddie Marsan,Eugene Kulikov, Fred Whitham, Geraldine James, Graham Conway,Hugh Rathbone, Igor Outkine,Inday Ba, Isabel Hernández, J.E. Freeman,Jacqueline Phillips, Janet Henfrey, Jason Ahlurlia, Jason Lewis, Jason Round, Joanne Whalley,Joel Smith, John Collins,John Hide, John Standing,John Thomson, Jonathan Dow, Josephine Gradwell, Judith Dawson,Larisa Ekkel, Leon De Ste Croix, Linda Broughton,Linzi Lazlo-Carr, Malcolm Storry, Maxwell Caulfield,Michael Rouse, Michael Thompson, Mike Justus,Mike Smith, Mike Toon,Nicholas Woodeson,Paul Shearer, Peter Gallagher, Richard Cubison, Richard Dixon,Richard Wilson, Rick Myrtle, Roger Morlidge, Sarah Crowden,Sarah Greene, Sean Gandini, Sheila Reid,Simon Chandler, Simon Mylius, Steve Rouse, Tat Whalley, Terence Harvey,Terry O’Neill, Toshie Ogura, Venetia Barrett,Vladimir Asriev, Vladimir Kondratyuk, Yoshinori Yamamoto