RATING (0 to ****): **1/2
"Game 6" is your standard contemporary talking-heads indie, which really isn't all that memorable, but has some good moments anyway.
Taking place on that fateful day in the 1986 World Series, there comes my least favorite parts of the film; possibly to fill up runtime, we have some useless shots of nothingness inside the ballpark, with bizzare radio announcements on traffic in the background. I was more fond of his intercuts to the nametags of various drivers within the numerous taxicabs Nicky Rogan (Michael Keaton) rides in, which establishes his character as an ex-cab driver who still has fond memories of the job. Now, he's a playwright whose opening night just might be ruined by the most hated critic in town, Steven Schwimmer (Robert Downey, Jr.), and deals with just about every other trouble he currently has in his life... and ultimately ditches his opening night to watch Game 6.
The opening shot of the film introduces us to Schwimmer before we even know it; he knows how hated he is, becoming a recluse in fear of his own life. One character describes him as "not having any friends, phone, or even a toilet"; in addition, he attends premieres in disguise and with a loaded firearm.
As for the fateful Game 6, it's shown... but through all those shots in the stadium earlier, it's somewhat surprising that we only see it via a barroom TV (nope, I didn't think of indie budget contraints when watching this movie). This contributes to some good moments of tension that you can't help but think were too easy, though the cheering crowd in the bar is a plus. Screenwriter Don DeLillo manages to grab a pivotal line straight from the game, to Rogan's play. Did I mention Rogan's actor, who has to deliver that line ("This could be it"), has a parasite and is losing his memory? Intercutting between the premiere and the game adds to the excitement.
Finally, we get to the very conclusion we predicted, which is expected for a film that was a little too easy to make. The hardest part was probably getting Keaton and Downey, Jr. to sign on... or getting the rights to the World Series footage. This just might be enjoyable for those of you who are into more obscure stuff and don't necessarily grade films based on effort... as it works both ways (see my review for "Russian Ark" if you don't know what I mean).
MPAA: R (some language and sexuality)
Runtime: 1 hour, 24 minutes (79 minutes of "real movie")