I was 3,000 miles from home when they aired this movie on one of Germany's best movie stations. When I got back and watched my "Braveheart" recording I was disappointed to find that out, but one day I discovered that my best friend -to whom I had given a couple of tapes to record whatever might be of interest to me- and after a couple of minutes I was bound to that excellent movie and couldn't refrain from watching it.
The script is definitely good but it lacks what makes up a real good script: the unforeseeable plot. But that applies just to a certain, easy-tolerable point. Knowing American movies all too well I could be certain just after the first murder that the end would be "all good" (All's well that ends well) and I imagined the rest of the story going something like... sorry, no spoilers! But the plot was able to stun me with a turn, when the game demands what can't be done.
I also have to admit that I was mostly fascinated by the characters which had the luck to be played by actors who fit into their parts and were extremely good at it. I liked to see parallels to other movies such as "Rear Window" as Michael observes his true love Kimberley striping in front of him. This made me discover certain subtleties which are pretty rare for American productions, as I find. And exactly this makes up its quality.
Yet the movie benefits from the viewer who can identify with what he sees. I have been emotionally involved into that movie and it made me feel "weird" at some times which only good movies can achieve. Certainly this implies that you have experienced the pain and the happiness that love can bring and know what love worths. Then you might have to be in your teens. Just to see how Michael and Kimberley find their way to each other, slowly, intimidated, and cautious reminds of real life and does not seem exaggerated as is the game. And in a movie where "more real than reality" is announced, filming that it appears so real is imperative but not natural. Another bonus there.
I would have loved if they would have showed more of the story "Michael - Kimberley" towards the end because -as I find- this is as elementary to the movie as the "Brainscan game" and "Trickster" itself. Yet this story is so well prepared and continued throughout the movie that at the end you realize it might be missing. However, never before did I get as emotionally involved with such a love story as I did in this movie. As this elementary story within a main story is the quintessence of human life, the movie reveals itself as a movie enjoyable by everyone.
Review by Siller from the Internet Movie Database.