Sometimes friends do strange things to each other, this is particularly true in Britain where you can quite happily call your best friend a wanker or a bastard but they’ll still be your best friend. Sometimes however, things get taken too far and this is what Bachelor Games (aka The Rules of the Game) is all about.
It’s an odd start to the film; it started life as a short written by Britain Sam Michell (Producer of In and Out of the Kitchen) who then worked with fellow Brit Chris Hill (writer on the TV series Skins) to turn it into a movie. Another fellow Brit Edward McGown (who’s directed lots of David Attenborough documentary’s) was brought on as the director. I mention this as the film was shot in Argentina and the new title, Bachelor Games, suggest an American film (in the UK a Bachelor party is a Stag Party, hence the Stagship Enterprise at the start of the film).
This is very definitely not an American film. The actors are all British, yes even the US soldier Max, played by British-Nigerian actor Obi Abili (Gambit, Injustice), the dialogue is most definitely British with the names they call each other. This isn’t a bad thing; I’m just pointing out that it seems strange to then give it an American title.
The film centres around five friends who head into the Argentine mountains for Henry’s stag do, sorry, Bachelor Party. Henry is played by Jack Gordon (Panic Button, Northern Soul). His best man Leon, played by Charlie Bewley (The Twilight Saga, Nashville) is a bit of a dick really and an elaborate revenge is plotted for Leon by Henry and the rest of the group: Terence, played by Jack Doolan (Cemetery Junction, The Green Green Grass), Roy, played by Mike Noble (Kill Command, Gambit) and the aforementioned Max.
However, what starts out as a bit of a scare for Leon takes an unexpected twist as things start happening for real and the boys are picked off by a mysterious “Hunter” in the mountains.
The film is very well shot, hats off to Edward McGown and Cinematographer Lucio Bonelli (On Probation, Found Memories) who bring the best out of the Argentine mountains. The overall storyline, in particular the final scene, may leave you feeling a little ‘meh’. Things start with Henry in prison, an officer going through his wallet, we then cut into the story, but we never cut back to the prison, which makes you wonder why it was there in the first place?
The boys play their roles well but the biggest success of this film is that it shows that horror, of sorts, can be done in broad daylight. There are very few night scenes or dark scenes but the tension is no-less gripping for it.
A good film, funny, British humour and an interesting take on the horror genre that just needed a better ending.