Quick cuts and flashy lighting don't make a bad film good
Sep 8, 2009
Discalimer: I saw this movie on Saturday at 12:30am completely on a whim.
Set in a future world where (shocking) one corporation has dominated the global marketplace and is now showing hints of heading towards world domination, Gamer strives to scramble your brains not with its clever plot lines but rather with camera shakes, ultra-fast editing and the occasional POV shot. Gerard Butler plays a real-life video game soldier on death row, controlled by a swarm of neuron-inhibiting computer chips that have been injected into his brain cells, and allow him to be operated by his "gamer," in this case a 17-year-old kid. The opening sequece, for all my earlier criticism, is rather entertaining if you like melee's of gunfire and mindless action (I enjoyed it).
The plot, however, leaves much to be desired, and its execution leaves far more. The evil corporation is a worldwide gaming company that has developed technology capable of controlling human beings in game-like settings, allowing users to play games like "The Sims" (the company's first smash hit was a real-life version of that game, called "Society"). But of course, that's not where the company's mission ends. No, they are also developing the technology for the DOD (or some equally scary, shock-value-laden government entity). Which of course means, there's a Resistance...in this case a less-than-capable one (how successful could an underground organization be if its run by Ludacris?).
Gerard runs about, killing lots of people, in some Harrison Ford-like quest to get his family back, ends up defying the parameters of the game and, well, you can probably guess the ending. The only saving grace is the evil corporation's founder/CEO, played by Michael C. Hall (of Dexter fame). He kills it as the evil-maniacle but oh so charming Bill Gates with balls.
All that being said, if you're in the mood for some mindless action sequences, this movie did hold my attention through 2am.
Things I could do without: closeups of fat people getting off to the game Society, Kyra Sedgwick, Ludacris, directors who try to imitate the Wachowski brothers.
There seems to be developing a trend in recent years with these films being critical of society and the way it looks to be going. Films such as Live!, Surrogates and now this all seem to enjoy saying the same thing; "This is an image of you society and we don't like it". Ken Clarke's one of the originators of this type of film with his collection of films featuring teenagers getting down and dirty under the sheets. Clarke's films were quite deep, clever and had a serious message to send. "Gamer" … more
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Gamer is a 2009 science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The film stars Gerard Butler as an unwilling participant in an online game in which participants can control human beings as players. Gamer was released in North America and the United Kingdom on September 4, 2009.
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