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Gamer: Movie Review

Movie Review of the 2009 Sci-Fi Thriller Gamer; starring Gerard Butler and Michael C. Hall.



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I was expecting a mind-blowing sci-fi thriller and well, I wasn’t blown. But while I didn’t enjoy this movie as I thought I would, I still had fun. So brace yourselves for a lot of gore, violence, video game sequences, some nudity and well…action.

Future world. Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall) is a multi-rich “entrepreneur” games designer. His games look like they have the “best” of video games and reality TV. Real people are the players where they are controlled by other people. The game is called Society and it resembles a freaky version of The Sims. The “controlled” gamers see it as a paying job. The players can live their fantasies through them. However Castle has designed a much deadlier and disturbing game in which Death-row convicts are playing rounds to kill each other. The one convict, who survives all the rounds, is going to be pardoned. Kable has (Gerard Butler) has no other choice but to participate. He wants to be free and be with his wife (Amber Valetta) and his little daughter. What he doesn’t know that his daughter has been taken away and his wife is struggling to get her back, while participating in Society to be controlled by a player. Of course there’s rebellious group called the Humanz, trying to stop Castle- who is not all that keen about Kable surviving…

It is interesting and it is fun. Sure, it would have been better to have a longer movie without less repetitive killing sequences and more action on the outside (don’t worry- Kable does go out at some point). Better character backgrounds and motives would have been appreciated. That being said, you can still have some mindless fun. Watch out for the fighting scene where Butler kicks some serious ass all the while Michael C. Hall sings. Just brilliant.


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  1. Okan
    Posted January 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    It was a fun rush.and just forget the killing sequences and all that…..I wanna be in the ”Society”..that’s the future I wanna live in :)

  2. Posted January 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Really? You want to be “played” by some sicko fattie? There is a chance he could be playing you you know :D

  3. Okan
    Posted January 4, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    yeah I know but that’s a risk I could take.

    and I think that fattie guy thing was the only negative side of the ‘Society”. I’m all good with the rest of ‘Society’
    It is new age and ohhh It’s soo tempting;)

  4. Posted January 4, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Oh, my god, you are willing to be a slave to the virtual world ?? : )
    What I love about these kind of movies are the fighting scenes. I am not that big fan of the gun-firing. The real adrenaline is in the punches and the kicks! The actors are so lucky they learn to kick ass for real. Adrenaline junkies like Butler does most of his own stunts, too. : )

  5. Posted January 10, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Very interesting movie. I haven’t watched it but after I read this review and foound out about the virtual simulation world and stuffs, it sounds like my type of Sci-fi movie.

  6. Posted January 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    It is very exciting. Lots of fighting and blood and gore. You don’t really have the time to get bored.

    I don’t know how you’d feel about another interesting movie- it also about virtual simulation and I think the game is warcraft, but I am not sure. It is called Ben-X. Have you seen it? It is in Dutch, it is a drama but very good. It has some good twists…

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