Finishing the Game (DVD Review)15 Jun, 2008 By: Rachel Cericola
Box Office $0.05 million
Stars James Franco, Roger Fan, Sung Kang, Meredith Scott Lynn, Dustin Nguyen, McCaleb Burnett.
When Bruce Lee died in 1973 he had completed filming about half of Game of Death. Apparently, the show must go on, so producers sliced up his completed work and hired two doubles to finish the movie.
There you have the plot of Finishing the Game. Except in this mockumentary, producers search for one hero to fill the action star's polyester suit — or at least fool viewers long enough to cash in on the tragedy.
Despite the motives and racial overtones involved with the production, there are a host of actors kung-fu fighting for the role, including ‘B'-movie Lee knockoff Breeze Loo (Fan), strong-but-slightly-stupid Cole Kim (Kang) and the very white Tarrick Tyler (Burnett).
Director Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) certainly has good intentions and scores a few laughs in this fictional recollection. However, the film whips through what could be a pretty interesting and possibly funnier story, clocking in at 84 minutes.
Aside from the large cast, there are plenty of notable cameos, including actress Amy Hill (“That's So Raven”), porn king Ron Jeremy, “21 Jump Street” alum Dustin Nguyen, and Spider-Man nemesis/sidekick James Franco. Also look for a few minutes of Hammer Time, with former rapper M.C. Hammer in a brief role as manager Roy Thunder.
The DVD includes deleted scenes, a music video by Far*East Movement, and endless commentary from writer-director Lin, co-writer Josh Diamond and composer Brian Tyler.
Also, don't be fooled by one extra's title, “On Set Mayhem.” This series of mini-featurettes gives a glimpse of the action behind the scenes, as guided by each of the film's key players.