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Gamer is a 2009 science invented story stroke adventure movie film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. It is a high-conception action set in a near future when gaming and entertainment have evolved into a terrifying new hybrid. The Gamer by Lions gate a film with full fledged stroke, drama.It starred Gerard Butler as the real life gaming hero, Kable. It is a high-concept action thriller set in the near prospect, a time when mind-control expertise has taken society by storm.
Humans control other humans in mass-range, multi-player online games: people play people...for keeps. Mind-control technology is widespread, and at the heart of the controversial games is its creator, reclusive billionaire Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall). His most up-to-date brainchild, the first-person shooter game "Slayers," allows millions to act out their most savage fantasies online in front of a global audience, using real prisoners as avatars with whom they fight to the death.
“Gamer” is essentially a repeat of the Arnold Schwarzenegger 1987 sci-fi action “The Running Man”, minus the groan-inducing quips and overall sense of cheesy fun. Sure, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have more to work with, including a more indicative of leading man in Gerard Butler (though he doesn’t necessarily show it off here), better CG-assisted mayhem, and of course, more advanced squib effects to wow the audience with.
In the “Slayers” game, any condemn who can make it through 30 sessions gets a full pardon, and then released. No one has come anywhere near that accept Kable who has made it to 29.The rest of the film deals with his wife (who is also an avatar) and a group of rebels (led by Ludacris, of all people) that wants to shut down the system due to its horrible origins. Michael C. Hall plays a young Bill Gates-esque millionaire who created the game and its predecessor "Society" (an obvious rift on the PS3's online networking system "Home").The movie has plenty of action, slaughter, nudity, and a touch of comedy in it, via his controller, Simon played by Logan Lerman. He was a pretty humorous kid. Gerard Butler kicked butt in the film with some good fight scenes which got extremely intense. Also rapper Ludacris did a good job of expanding his acting career in the film. He played Humans Brother who was part of a group that were able to hack Castle’s real life virtual game.
What makes the story erotic is that there's no real connective tissue between these characters and the film's moments. What's Hall's real outline? What makes Lerman so good at controlling Butler? Why does Terry Crews' Hackman want to destroy Butler? Gamer has the disconnected, disjointed quality of a dream -- we float from scene to scene, with no real weight to the experience, our attention floating like a feather and propelled only by the brute force of explosions, quick-cut edits and commotion. These are like some of valid questions that arise in one’s mind..
“Gamer” takes place in one of those “sometime in the future” future, where demise row inmates are given the option of participating in a game called Slayers for the chance at freedom. Slayers is a bloody game where the con’s every action is controlled by a player, usually a kid standing inside a high-tech story of a desktop computer, except, well, it’s an entire room. The game was created by peculiar billionaire Ken Castle (Dexter’s Michael C. Hall), who has struck a deal with the federal government to take the cons off their burdened hands, and created an instant, worldwide hit from it. The game’s greatest idol is Kable (Butler), who as the film opens, is just four games shy of getting his grimy, blood-splattered hands on that elusive ticket to freedom. For you see, in exchange for participation in the game, the prisoners/players will be set free if they can survive 30 rounds of Slayers. No one has ever gotten as far as Kable, and if Castle has his way, Kable’s streak will never reach 30.
And there are plenty of quick thoughts that could have made Gamer more attractive. Butler's a bland, beefy generic action hero an ex-cop disgraced by murder, fresh (or, rather, not-so-fresh) from the cliché factory; as a pal of mine pointed out, why not have Butler's character be a meek, mild paper-pusher who's only excellent at killing because he's controlled so very well by his operator? Why not have the token resistance of counter-cultural rebels (led by Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) be, say, a rival company or some other unexpected faction instead of the same ratty, rag-clad revolutionaries we've seen in a hundred films before?
If you’ve seen “Crank” or its sequel, then you know what to anticipate from Neveldine and Taylor, and they certainly don’t hold back here. The film’s real draw is its concentrated Slayer action, featuring some harrowing action sequences that need to be seen to be believed. Unfortunately the film’s biggest strength also reminds us how lacking the rest of the film is.
The movie has been released on the 4th September 2009 in USA, Rated R for frenetic sequences of concentrated brutal violence throughout, sexual content, nakedness and words. One can grab the original DVDs at the nearest store or you can also watch movies online which include file sharing sites, video distribution sites, and individual movies of notability, directories, archives and guides to more sites where you can watch for free.
As long as one considers Gamer a popcorn thriller with lots of action and aggression, then you’ll do all right. If one is looking for something more substantive than look elsewhere, because nothing’s going to happen here that you won’t see coming a mile off and several parts of it you won’t even WANT to see.Overall, "Gamer" is more entertaining than "Halloween II" and "The Final Destination", but it's still a film that wasn't made with critics in mind. If your choice was the “Death race” released last year than this one might be enjoyable for you.
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