DVD Review: The Game
The BBC are masters of stunning, gripping, edge of your seats dramas, so when The Game came out on DVD I jumped right on it. A Cold War spy drama featuring Tom Hughes and Brian Cox, what more could I ask for?
Well, as it turns out, quite a bit. But don’t stop reading, because this is one of those interesting DVDs.
I like my dramas and films to have a bit of pace, as do I my novels when I sit down to read. Many years ago, looking for a new spy thriller author I picked up a John le Carré book and found it incredibly boring and hard to get into. I gave up, and moved onto another author.
A few years back le Carré’s Tinker Tailor got made into a film. I thought that being a film they would have had to make it a bit more exciting than his books seemed to be. I was wrong.
And this is where we get back to The Game. It’s a six part series that could have been written by le Carré, purely because it’s so much of a slow burn as to risk putting the viewer to sleep. The trouble is (at least from a reviewing point of view), is that it’s not a bad thing. If you love (as many people do) a slow burning period spy drama, you’re going to love The Game. If you want fast paced action and excitement, you might want top look elsewhere.