This movie could have been great. I really like twisted psychological stories like these where you don't really know what is actually going on for sure and neither does the player in this crazy game. The two main characters are the player and the game master. The game is a steady escalation of more and more painful tests to endure. The game master is in contact with the people betting on and running the game through a bluetooth headset and cameras - or is he? There are multiple players around the world, and the last player left in the game wins - again, or do they? Is the game master just messing with the player? Are there other players? Is there really a game at all? Sadly they decide to make a few stupid decisions that just kind of make the movie feel hollow in the end.
So there are two big flaws for me. First, the movie starts off with the game master acting a little weird and creepy - which was fine. Then for some reason they kind of take a hard turn and go down the road of this being some girl power nonsense. So of course, the game master isn't some weird dude running this game... he's a rapey, gropey sexual predator. because all men are evil right? Then we get the cheesy lines from the player talking about how she knows the game master and babbles about how he was like her drunken abusive father. It kind of killed all the build up that they had made to that point.
Second, the player goes through multiple trials - her right hand gets burned, one foot gets chewed on by a rat, the other foot gets 9 screws driven through it, her left hand has most of her fingers chopped off, and she gets drowned to the point of losing consciousness... yet she doesn't really show any signs of physical impairment. She's able to walk around without limping? Come on. Then after all this, in the final fight, she can run around, shoot 2 guys, and win a physical confrontation with the game master? It made no sense. I get that they wanted to go pro-woman with it, but there is a way to do that without it coming across as a story written by a 13 year old girl. The best characters have flaws and aren't immortal & bulletproof. They get injured and have to overcome the injuries to win... Bad characters get handed a win and a participation trophy at the end. This movie would have been so good if they had just made the characters more realistic and believable.