With recent news of performance enhancers in my beloved sport of mixed martial arts, how fitting is it to review a film about finding the fountain of youth? For generations people have been searching for ways to stay young and for some people price is no option. In Tino Navarro and David Rebordão REAL PLAYING GAME or RPG we find a group of billionaires who think they have found the answer. The only issue is that answer can comes with some fatal consequences as sometimes you get tons more than what you sign up for.
The film stars Rutger Hauer as a billionaire computer genius Steve Battier. Though he and the rest of the the older generation in the film are really not the ones you will be watching. These people have purchased youth which involves them buying a body of whomever they choose be it man or woman. While they think they have been set up with the ultimate restart to their lives they have actually been enlisted in a game where there can, and will, be only one winner.
RPG is not your typical sci fi feature although the beginning of the film would suggest otherwise.More than anything the film plays like a survival horror similar to what we saw in last years film of similar interest THE HUMAN RACE an anti – AVATAR if you must. No alien abductions here though as it is nothing but good old fashion human on human carnage. If one were to come into this movie not knowing the full set up they could be lost fast and often. The story and characters are engaging enough but the film falls short on a keeping the viewer engaged.
We really enjoyed how the game was set up and if done right RPG has the ability to be more than just one feature. It just felt like there was something missing. As each role defined themselves more and more through the feature it became clear that the rest of the film was reaching a level of stagnation with no turning back. In laymen’s terms the film became quite predictable and boring which was such a let down after seeing the initial development of the story. RPG had small glimpses of great moments but they took too long to surface which really gives the viewer not much to look forward to after the first hour of the film. Luckily it does not stray off the beaten path and has a surprising ending that while it was expected, seemed to be a fitting conclusion. It’s worth the watch to say you did but we won’t see this climbing up any must see lists anytime soon. Still as always I digress and tell the reader to give it a try and form your own opinion, but if you catch yourself yawning after the first 45 mins don’t say we didn’t warn you!
2.5 / 5
REAL PLAYING GAMES/RPG is directed by Tino Navarro and David Rebordão and stars Rutger Hauer, Soraia Chaves, and Pedro Granger. It is now available on DVD courtesy of ARC entertainment.