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The Games Maker (2014)

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Young Ivan Drago's newfound love of board games catapults him into the fantastical and competitive world of game invention, and pits him against the inventor Morodian, who has long desired ... See full summary »

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Juan Pablo Buscarini (screenplay), Pablo De Santis (based on the book by) | 2 more credits »
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4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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David Mazouz ... Ivan Drago
Edward Asner ... Nicholas Drago (as Ed Asner)
Joseph Fiennes ... Morodian
Tom Cavanagh ... Mr. Drago
Valentina Lodovini ... Mrs. Drago
Megan Charpentier ... Anunciacion
Robert Verlaque ... Principal Possum
Alejandro Awada ... Engineer Gabler
Vando Villamil Vando Villamil ... Ramuz
Marta Lubos Marta Lubos ... Social Worker
Maiamar Abrodos Maiamar Abrodos ... Miss Blum
Corina Romero Corina Romero ... Professor Tremanti
Sean Mathieson ... Krebs
Nicolás Torcanowsky Nicolás Torcanowsky ... Bishop (as Nicolas Torcanovski)
Yola Mtilwa Yola Mtilwa ... Knight
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Young Ivan Drago's newfound love of board games catapults him into the fantastical and competitive world of game invention, and pits him against the inventor Morodian, who has long desired to destroy the city of Zyl, founded by Ivan's grandfather. To save his family and defeat Morodian, Ivan must come to know what it is to be a true Games Maker. Written by Anonymous

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An adventure beyond your imagination

Genres:

Adventure | Family

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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There are two dc characters in the film cast Tom Cavanagh as Zoom/Dr. Harrison Wells in The Flash (2014) and David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne in Gotham (2014) See more »

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Narrator: Everyone who loves board games knows that they're as numerous and diverse as life itself. Games of chance, ingenuity, strategy. Games that can be played alone, with a partner, or in a group. Some invented hundreds of years ago, and others only recently. But when board game enthusiasts are asked to choose an adventurous, fantastic, and thrilling game, The Life of Ivan Drago comes out on top.
Narrator: Where did the game come from? Was it the brain child of a great inventor? How it came to be ...
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References Rocky IV (1985) See more »

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Recommended for some
3 January 2017 | by refoldedSee all my reviews

The Games Maker is beautiful--the filming, sets and costumes. It's the story of a boy who is growing to be a game inventor. He unravels the secrets of his family's past, and discovers what outside forces are trying to influence his life.

You might enjoy it if you like these movies: It's like Harry Potter's coming-of-age story of a talented kid challenged at home and at school. The narrator and strange, funny faces reminded me of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The brave kid and unique companions are sort of like Wes Anderson films, and like the pacing and visuals of Moonrise Kingdom.

Other reviews commented on how complicated the story is, and that is the downside. The strings could have been tied up better. The characters he meets seem to be tokens of ideas, but these are not obviously tied into the theme that his life is a game. Knight and Bishop are named after game pieces, but why? The movie could be improved by clearly showing how each step was like a game,and by speeding up the scenes. His life story was mostly like the board game,Candy Land, a colorful path to the end.

I enjoyed this movie, and would recommend it to fans of the movies mentioned above, although it is one level below in quality.


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Country:

Argentina | Canada | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 2014 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

El inventor de juegos See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,437,634
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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