One of those love/hate kinds of films. It's definitely creepy and suspenseful and then all of the film's logic and rules fall apart at the end.
Didn't they re-shoot the ending to shoe-horn in an illogical "happy" one full of deus ex machina moments due to test audiences' negative reactions? It sure seems that way at least.
IMHO it should have ended this way:
Best laid plans so neatly and methodically prepped and staged by "the company" are spirally out of control. Douglas' character, Nicholas, in desperation, actually gets a hold of a real gun with real bullets and accidentally and fatally shoots his brother, Conrad.
Then everything goes to hell in a hand basket. With Christine pleading at him to stop, Nicholas, despondent, jumps off the roof and smashs through the atrium's glass ceiling and dies right in the middle of a surprise dinner party with its horrified guests awaiting his arrival.
Conrad's misguided attempts at "redeeming" his brother have gone off the rails. The slightly sinister "company," always pushing the limits, went too far this time and drove a man over the edge (a man who, ironically, had changed) with their twisted cat and mouse games.
Fiction has just become bloody reality. It's a real smack in the face to Christine (who cares deeply for Nicholas and who feels guilty for her roll in this catastrophe) and Jim Feingold and all those company participants and friends who let this get so totally out of hand. The rolls have been reversed. It is they who have become irredeemable.
It would have been a more fitting and almost Rod Serling-esque, "Twilight Zone" kind of conclusion.
Edited by Dan Hitchman - 6/20/12 at 11:35pm