- Adaptation Displacement: The movie is based on a short story from 1973.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Slipknot as street performers in the remake.
- Do Not Do This Cool Thing: The film is a protest against violence. However, director Norman Jewison said that, to his horror, a group was interested in financing a real-life version of the game, but the studio said no.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Jean Reno as the Kazakh Big Bad in the movie. No, really.