In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a cold-hearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad: a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nary a nanosecond, Nicholas finds himself consumed by a dangerous set of ever-changing rules, unable to distinguish where the charade ends and reality begins.
- Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
- Studio: Propaganda Films, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
- Keyword: suicide, sibling relationship, san francisco, california, gun, birthday, restaurant, key, manipulation, danger of life, birthday party, game, millionaire, surprising, trapped in an elevator, birthday present, investment banker, puzzlement
- Cast: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, James Rebhorn, Spike Jonze, Anna Katarina