Hostage dramas never go out of fashion. Whether it’s Die Hard in the Nineties or Olympus has Fallen in the Double-Ohs, someone always keeps on watching these things. And because they robustly exist, new content producers look to create parodies and semi-serious takes.
Whether they succeed or not is another matter altogether. Game Over, Man stars Adam DeVine, Anders Holmes and Blake Anderson as three hotel waiters who are looking to hit the big time with their inventions and idea. Of course, they have their flaws and of course they have issues that they are hiding.
When a rich man comes to the hotel, they plan to pitch their plans to him, but that plan is foiled because someone decides to hijack the hotel and take the rich man as a hostage. Now, it’s up to these three to save the hotel and the day.
What’s Wow: Let’s begin this review by saying that Game Over, Man is not a boring film. It has that 80s-90s charm to it that keeps the audience following the story – even if it is littered with blood and literally dicks flying around. If you ever wanted to know what an R Rated, action comedy looks like, the world of streaming has it for you.
What’s Blah: What Game Over, Man is, though, is smorgasbord of comedy and graphic violence which should never be mixed together. Essentially, the film alienates the action comedy crowd because of the graphic violence. Action fans won’t be logging in to watch a film headlined by Adam DeVine, would they?
It’s difficult to peg the film for any audience. The villains are genuinely evil and there are many cringeworthy moments. You know those moments which don’t have a background music because there’s no need for a background music to suggest that what’s happening on screen is unforgivable and unforgettable? Like blowing up a pet dog after putting him in a fish tank? Those kinds of scenes.
Those moments are redeemed with bone crushing, immaculately choreographed action sequences on chiselled bodies – physiques that are the best in a generation. That’s the template of an action film – have the villains do something so vile and so bad that the audience doesn’t just tolerate, but applaud the protagonist throwing him off the roof of a multi-story hotel.
So, Game Over, Man leaves the audience cringing at the bad scenes but doesn’t come up with redemption. You cannot laugh at someone tearing off a man’s ear in a meat slicer in a comedy movie just moments before the vamp slices up a man’s penis because he was the perfect candidate for the #Metoo brigade, can you?
What the film also doesn’t do is form a backstory for any of the main characters. These guys are just everyday guys who have too many ideas to implement any. There’s not even that aspect of them trying to save – they literally zipline out of the hotel in the middle of a hijack – why would I watch them wobble around for another half an hour?
At the end of it, hijack films are no longer just films. They are an important mirror to how we look at the people who hijack and the people who are hijacked. It is highly inappropriate for Netflix to turn all of it into a comedy. And to rub it all in, they hint at a sequel.
Parting Shot: Watch it for the gags, not for the message.
Cast: Adam DeVine, Anders Holmes and Blake Anderson, Jere Burns, Mac Brandt, Chloe Bridges, Meal McDonough, Cloris Leachman, Sam Richardson, Jillian Bell, Andrew Santino
Producers: Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson, Kyle Newacheck, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Isaac Horne
You can stream Game Over, Man on Netflix