Starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise and Charlize Theron, Reindeer Games is about a man who gets out of prison around the holidays, just to be jolted into a bad predicament by a group of thugs. The movie starts off in prison. Rudy (Ben Affleck) and his cell mate Nick (James Frain) are counting down the days until they are getting released, when a food fight breaks out and Nick gets killed by another inmate. Nick's pen-pal and girlfriend (who he has never officially met) is waiting for him on the day of the release: this is when Rudy decides to assume Nick's identity for a little fun with this girl.
The storyline then evolves into "Nick" being forced to assist in a burglary of a casino in Michigan. Since he is not actually Nick, he first tries to convince them of that, but then eventually starts to play along pretending he knows what he is doing because that it what Nick would know. Gabriel (Gary Sinise) is Ashley's (Charlize Theron) brother and he is the head of the group of thugs I mentioned. He plays off of "Nick's" love for Ashley to keep him in on the heist. As the film progresses, we learn who the real masterminds are for the heist as there are many twists and turns that were unpredictable.
who faked his own death to make a lot of money (without really doing anything) on the heist of the casino. Ashley truly is Nick's lover and they did this together and pulling Rudy into the picture was just another part of the plan. During the heist, they all dress up like Santas (reminds me of Bad Santa 2) except not bad like that film. In the end though, Rudy had the last laugh. Typical action movie ending that I hold so dear to my heart.
Overall, I liked this movie. It was full of action and unpredictable plot twists. I liked Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron in their roles. Gary Sinise's character gave me the creeps (which is probably what he was supposed to be doing), but I mean look at him! He looks so different from what he looks like in CSI: New York. It was strange seeing him with long hair. We even get to see Ashton Kutcher in a really small role. I'm not sure I would catagorize this movie as a holiday film, but hey they do dress up as Santas so I guess they have that going for them.
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"
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