Gamer Review

6 Apr

Gamer

Starring: Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Logan Lerman

Director: Mark Neveldine

Violence.  Guns.  Blood.  Death.  This review could end right now and you would know everything you need to about the film, Gamer.  What fun would that be though, right? 

Only three words were spoken in the first five minutes of this film.  After the first two or three I started to get worried.  Even though this film was in color, I thought maybe I had put in a silent film from decades ago.  That wouldn’t exactly make sense either though, as films were nowhere near as gory back then as this particular one was.

Gamer is probably a video game lover’s dream.  The story involves Ken Castle (Dexter’s Michael C. Hall) and his video game empire.  He has created games (Society & Slayers) that can be played at home, similar to the popular The Sims and Halo.  Only Castle’s games involve real-life people and those people are being controlled by other humans out of the comfort of their homes.

Kable (Gerard Butler) is the main character/attraction in Slayers, only he is not aware of his participation or popularity.  He is a pawn, being controlled by a teenager (Logan Lerman), in Castle’s plan for domination.  Castle has taken the video game concept and turned it into a sadistic money-maker and changed the way humans interact.

The concept behind this film was too reminiscent of the Bruce Willis film, Surrogates.  Both took an opportunity to show what the world would be like if we lost control of our own free will.  Hall was somewhat entertaining, but I already know him as a killer (Dexter), so another project in that realm wasn’t necessary.  Butler was acceptable as the tortured man, trying to escape the evil and reconnect with his family, but his character was too predictable.

There was nothing I enjoyed about this action/fantasy film.  The violent nature and gruesome plot was a little much for me.  I don’t play video games, nor do I see the point to viciously murdering someone for fun in those games, so probably not a big surprise that I found this film to be awful.

I don’t recommend this film to anyone, but if you still want to see what it’s about, you might want to think again if you have a weak stomach.

 

   

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One Response to “Gamer Review”

  1. CMrok93 March 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    The action sequences are disappointing, there’s a distinct lack of wit or invention in the direction and it’s also impossible to care about the characters when they’re so thinly sketched. I just did not like this film at all, but I tried too. Good review, check out mine when you can!

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