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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.