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Saturday, 30 January 2010

Review: Gamer (18) ★
Set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online gaming environments.


I'm going to put this out there right from the start, Gamer is one of the worst films I have ever watched. There, I said it so if you don't want to read the rest of this review you have all you need to know.

Still here? Well god bless you. Let me fill you in on just how bad this movie actually is.

Set in the future 'genius' Ken Castle (Michael C Hall) has come up with an idea to create a real life Sim role playing game called Society. This involves being able to control real human beings remotely letting them do whatever they want. This basically means getting naked and going to raves. Once this becomes boring Castle comes up with another idea, let people control death sentenced convicts in a first person shooter game called Slayers where you basically get to kill people. If a convict survives thirty rounds then he's set free, but hey nobody has ever gotten that far.

Enter Kable (Gerard Butler), a man wrongly convicted, who has a wife and daughter on the outside yada yada yada you know the story. The movie basically follows Butler through his game being controlled by Simon his 'player' until Butler escapes. Que a back story of how Kable knows Castle and then its a revenge story. Then its a story of how to stop Castle taking over the world. Then its a dance number? What. The. Fuck.

The fact is Gamer is just so unoriginal it might as well have been a remake of The Running Man. All the elements are there and the fact that no original thought has gone into the thing why didn't they just do that? Instead your left with a loud mess that's thrown up onto the screen with characters that have no charisma, a plot that's senseless and violence and nudity just for the sake of it.

The directors are the same team behind the Crank movies, and although I saw the first I've yet to see the second. On the basis of this film I have no intention of seeing it. Who greenlit their script, who put up millions for this, who agreed that the end product was any good. It beggars belief that garbage like this gets made and even more so makes money at the box-office. Its no surprise that that they both wrote Jonah Hex which has just spectacular bombed in the US if Gamer is what they are used to spewing out.

There is nothing good to be said of the film, nothing at all. I've sat through this putrid vile stench of a movie so you don't have too so heed this advice, avoid, avoid at all costs.


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