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Gamer Theatrical Review Review
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Gamer Theatrical Review

Nathan M Rose
9/7/2009 8:17 PM EDT
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Gamer is one of those movies that you either love or hate.  Online gaming takes on new meaning in a futuristic world.  In that world, players at home can direct convicts to do their bidding in a wickedly violent, multiplayer competition, and death-row inmate Kable (Gerard Butler) has no choice but to play.  As millions satisfy their sadistic fantasies via prisoner avatars, Kable must find a way to escape and expose the hidden agenda of the reclusive fat cat who dreamed up the game (Michael C. Hall).

Taking pieces from Running Man, Death Race, and even from their first two films in the Crank series, Mark Neveldine and  Brian Taylor depict a grim look at society, and where we could be going from where we are today.   In between all the lustful scenes and carnage, Neveldine and Taylor try to create a commentary on where our society is going.  The rich and controlling puppet masters, to the puppets whose lives are completely in control by the puppet masters.

Gamer is a natural progression for the directors of the Crank films to create, and the movie is the perfect blend of cinema meets a video game, with all of the chaotic screen candy to boot.  We are treated to three different realms:  Society (where "gamers" control actors in an "anything goes world" – The Sims to the extreme level); Slayers (where convicts are controlled in the ultimate bloody battle grounds); and the real world (somewhere where mundane life just exists).

Normally a film such as Gamer would feature "B" rated actors, however, it appears that Liongrate has gone all out with this film.  Gerald Butler (300, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) is at the top of his game, along with Amber Valletta (Transporter 2), and Alison Lohman (Drag Me to Hell).   Also along for the ride, although a bit underused, were Zoe Bell (Grindhouse),  Milo Ventimiglia (Hereos, Rocky Balboa), John Leguizamo (Spawn), and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer).  The only two performances that were lacking in the over-the-top performance by  Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and the rapper turned actor Ludacris.

As with most films in the genre, Gamer will never be one for the masses.  However, with its great cast, it's over the top special effects, and fast-paced direction by Mark Neveldine and  Brian Taylor Gamer, it will have a cult following for a long time to come.

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MPAA Rating: R
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Running Time: 105 minutes
Distributed by: Lionsgate

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Nathan M Rose, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Nathan has always loved movies, but his real passion began when he saw Die Hard and Terminator 2: Judgment Day while growing up in South Florida. Ever since then, movies have become his life; and his mind was made up that would be his career choice. After successfully working in the internet market space since 1996, Nathan Rose along with Eric English founded FlickDirect Inc., in 2006 -- fulfilling his lifelong dream to be part of the film industry. Aside from running FlickDirect, Nathan has also appeared in various online productions and films.


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