Remembering John Frankenheimer’s REINDEER GAMES Starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise and Charlize Theron

Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise and Charlize Theron star in John Frankenheimer’s Reindeer Games (known as Deception in the UK where it went straight to DVD). Frankenheimer’s festive thriller sees a bunch crooks dressed as Santa Claus robbing a casino at Christmas. It bombed back when it opened back in 2000, grossing $23 million the US box office and just $32 million globally from a $42 million budget. 

I prefer the title Reindeer Games  – Deception is just so bland and generic. Director John Frankenheimer delivers an entertaining thriller that manages to be both slick and gritty at the same time. The film makes the most of its desolate and snowy landscape and there are a few fun lines scattered amongst the action. 

Ben Affleck delivers the goods in his first real action starring role (Armageddon doesn’t count). The supporting cast also hit the mark Gary Sinise is always good value and Charlize Theron has strong chemistry with Affleck.

Criminally under-rated and unfortunately little seen, Reindeer Games needs to be added to your Christmas watch list.