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18th September 2009

Summary:


A mind-control game has taken the world by storm in this high-concept, explosive thriller.


We're sometime in the near future and reclusive, slightly deranged billionaire Ken Castle (Michael C Hall) has developed a controversial, ultra-violent online game called Slayer that allows millions of players to take control of real human beings in full-scale combat. The humans happen to be prisoners on death row and if they survive 30 game battles, they are set free. Kable (Gerard Butler) is the cult hero of Slayer who, under the control of a young gamer called Simon, has defied the odds and survived 27 games and counting. Separated from his family and forced into combat, the only thing that keeps Kable going is the hope that he'll see his wife (Amber Valletta) and child again. But with the battles getting increasingly brutal, can he survive for long enough to escape the game and save the world from its deadly obsession?

Review:

Funnily, the movie does verge toward something interesting and possibly intriguing at two or three places. But alas--- nothing whatsoever came of any of that, and the plot simply oozed on, spreading outwards like the sludge from a spilt toxic waste barrel.

All of the movie's concepts and plot points were covered loads better in earlier films. Not least is the old Arnold Schwartzenegger "Running Man." That was a popcorn trifle, to be sure, but nonetheless pretty novel and very good at the time. Even last year's "Death Race," the EXACT same concept, was done much, much better, and was in fact a minor work of art for those into the genre.

The trailers for "Gamer," heck, even the title of this movie were clear: this was a movie immersed in the action and feel of a young kid's violent hand-held video game. Duh... I thought, though, that perhaps there was some kind of story underneath it all. I thought surely there is some redeeming value here. Perhaps it was one of those "wolrd view" treatises that explores alternate realities or something. Wrong. I should known better. Thsis movie was so chock-full of junky violent effects, most of them of a mediocre quality, that it was nothing but a storm of 14 year-old boys' fantasies. I had them when I was 14. I am way past that now, thus the movie was just dull and stupid from my viewing perspective.

I am not upset that such violent trash gets made. Different strokes for different folks, etc. But unless you are someone who truly enjoys going to Monster Truck demolition derbies, swerve your car to actually HIT squirrels in the roadway, or spend virtually every waking moment slack-jawed and drooling whilst furiously clicking away on your Gameboy (or whatever is cool these days), I urge you to save your time and your money, and avoid this messy, blurry, extremely nervous and vapid exercise.

Let me make it even clearer: this film is badly made. My objection to it is not the plot, nor the characters nor the theme. Rather I object to the fact that it is crap, in my view. I am willing to lose a few quid on the ticket... but how do I recoup my lost time going to the cinema? Again,. my bad. I should have known better. Oh---and yes, I have seen examples in this genre that I kind of liked, over the years.