By Chris Nashawaty
Updated November 18, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST
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When folks talk about the films of David Fincher, one title always seems to get mysteriously left out of the conversation. Newly available on Netflix instant viewing, The Game (1997, R, 2 hrs., 8 mins.) is an underappreciated puzzle-piece thriller that may not have the sinister chills of Se7en or the narrative ambition of The Social Network, but is still a giddy, mind-scrambling trip into the dark heart of wealthy-white-guy paranoia (personified by — who else? — Michael Douglas). Sean Penn is terrifically low-key as Douglas’ black-sheep younger brother, who gives Douglas a cryptic gift for his 48th birthday. No, it’s not a Rolex. But thanks to Fincher, it’s as precisely rigged as a Swiss watch. B+

The Game

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