Most Dangerous Game (2020)
Director: Phil Abraham
Screenplay: Nick Santora
Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Sarah Gadon, Christoph Waltz, Zach Cherry and Chris Webster
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
When Dodge Tynes (Hemsworth) learns that he has an inoperable brain tumor, his only worry is providing for his pregnant wife after he’s gone. A nurse gives Dodge a card for the Tiro Fund, a foundation that helps people with terminal illnesses. Trio CEO, Miles Sellars (Waltz), meets Dodge and tells him he’s a perfect candidate for assistance. As a former athlete who still jogs daily, Dodge is in shape and this will help if he agrees to the deal.
The deal is Dodge agrees to be prey for five hunters. Every hour that Dodge is alive, money will be wired into his account. If he survives 24 hours, he wins the hunt and his family will have over 24 million dollars. If he is killed before the game ends, his wife will keep all money in the account. Once the game starts, there is no stopping it. If Dodge tells anyone about the game, he will become prey forever. He cannot leave the city and he must carry a phone that will give his location for 15 seconds every hour.
Ultimately Dodge agrees to play the game… and the race is on. But can Sellars truly be trusted? What information is he hiding from Dodge… and how will that impact the game?
Most Dangerous Game is based on the short story The Most Dangerous Game written by Richard Connell in 1924. It has been adapted many, many times and when done right, never gets old. Most Dangerous Game gets it right. Originally seen on the Roku channel as 7 or 8 minute episodes, it has now been compiled into a 2 hour and 7 minute film. Since each episode had to get the viewer to want to see the next, there are a ton of great action scenes, cliffhangers and twists.
Liam Hemsworth is believable as the former athlete trying to stay alive. Christoph Waltz brings the right amount of cocky arrogance to his part. Sure, the hunters are cliches (the Englishman who plays by the rules, the martial arts chick, the cowboy, the priest, and an aging hippie), but that’s part of the fun. I had a blast watching Most Dangerous Game and wish more movies followed the format.
Most Dangerous Game earns 4 of 5 stars.