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Fair Game (1988)
"Mamba" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  27 May 1989 (Japan)
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Gene, a clever but seriously deranged computer-game designer, has been left by his fiancée Eva. Unable to win her back, he decides to take revenge by locking Eva in her new apartment, inside which he has released a deadly mamba snake.

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Gene, a clever but seriously deranged computer-game designer, has been left by his fiancée Eva. Unable to win her back, he decides to take revenge by locking Eva in her new apartment, inside which he has released a deadly mamba snake.

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Trudie Styler's performance makes the film work, despite a weak, bloated script.
19 March 2001 | by (Huntsville, Alabma) – See all my reviews

Trudie Styler, as Eva, carries this entire film on her shoulders, and she makes the slightly implausible script work. Eva has made a mistake in her life and she's trying to correct it. She has been married to Gene,(Gregg Henry), a controlling, yet emotionally distant man who also happens to be an expert in electronics. Gregg Henry is good as Gene, if not one-dimensional. The viewer can only see Gene as evil, even though you get the idea that he still sort of cares about his wife. Eva, some sort of commercial artist, decides to leave Gene, and start life afresh. Gene, however, has other plans. Eva's leaving has triggered the "if-I-can't-have-her-nobody-will" side of his personality. He decides instead to secretly place a tracking device on Eva, and to release an electronically altered version of the deadly Mamba snake into her almost windowless loft. After making regular avenues of escape impossible for Eva, Gene goes outside to his video game module and watches as the fun begins.

I say this script is "slightly implausible" because Eva's loft is supposed to be windowless, but there are odd-shaped windows along the ceiling in the kitchen, so after she has seen the snake and stands up on the stove, she could've easily knocked out a window and escaped. The windows were narrow, but Trudie Styler is a very lean woman, she could've made it. Eva also has a skylight in the kitchen she could've climbed through. It would've been a stretch, but the same woman who was performing nearly gymnastic feats on the wooden rafters could've gotten out of the skylight for sure.

Trudie Styler is a good actress and it comes through here. She had the vast majority of screen time, and she had to put on an American accent to boot. Admittedly, the accent kind of came and went, but if I hadn't have known she was British, I may not have even noticed. All-in-all, the film is good, but a little bloated at 80 minutes, especially with no real sub-plot.

It would've made a better half-hour episode of "Tales from the Crypt".


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