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    September 23, 2009

    MOVIE REVIEW: GAMER


    English – (18SG) – 10 September 2009 – Action/Thriller
    Distributed by: Lionsgate
    Running time: 96 minutes
    Director: Mark Neveldine, Bryan Taylor
    Producer: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, Skip Williamson
    Writer: Mark Neveldine, Bryan Taylor
    Casts: Gerard Butler, Michael C Hall, Amber Valletta. Logan Lerman, Ludacris, Kyra Sedgwick
    Plot: "Game" is a near-future action/thriller starring Gerard Butler (Kable) as the champion of an online game called "Slayers". Mind-control technology has taken society by storm and "Slayers" allows humans to control other humans in a mass-scale, multiplayer online game. With his every move tracked by millions, Kable's ultimate challenge is regaining his identity and launching an attack on the system that has imprisoned him.

    The Verdict:

    Green Tea Bern says:

    One day in the future, mind control technology is possible. Gaming experience will never be the same and in this movie, Gamer produces some fine explanation on how this technology can work. That is what we believe in but unfortunately, you may walk out feeling frustrated. Gamer may not be the film you can endure at all.

    Gamer tells a story about how in the year 2034, mind-control technology was applied on gaming world. A group of gamers enroll in an online gaming community known as Slayer, multiplayer, first person shooter game in which human gamers are to control death row prisoners in mass-scale death-matches. The survivor for 30 rounds will walk away with freedom. However, one inmate, Kable was determined to take the system down with the help of a rebel group called Humanz. Will he succeed?

    Gamer's story is particularly okay with the use of the main idea – technology while added in some thriller and action flavor in it. The story is too out-paced by relevance and the violence can be traced back in several other similar movies under the same genre like The Condemned or Stay Alive. Poor and non-sense screenplay that may brings some frustration, despite been very action-packed, full on line with a terror-hitting experience and more cascades of bombing, it fails to generate relatively high intensity audience wanted.


    The story is a bit tricky to follow, with certain thickness on the plots that are hard to chew or digest properly. The movie tries so hard to outdo the rest in the genre, putting into play of some emotion devotion in it but it did not take things to the top. There are some sloppy part which also formed the part of the totally non-sense screenplay. All of that, Gamer leaves an utterly "frustrating movie to follow" tagline on its forehead.

    Nevertheless, I have to say that the cinematography and display of the gaming scenes are absolutely interesting and pleasing. Those gunfire and bombing sounds definitely outdo the story-telling by many times – truly an example of action speaks louder than words.


    Casting of Gerard Butler, whom the fame of 300 and The Ugly Truth; has puts him a property-wise strategy in play. But, despite Butler's fine play in the movie, it did little to bring level of excitement high – thanks to the crap story. However, no notable moment by any other casts can be perceived for while in general is just an okay performance.


    Too hard to follow or merely just an irritating movie, Gamer fails to prove the notion that gaming entertainment can be a great subject matter for creating massive havoc. The film promotes no to commercializing violence while in most part, it itself is commercializing violence – so contradict. If you have a chance to say no, say it louder on this movie. It won't satisfy the hunger for a good console gaming movie and it did not worked.

    THE RATING…
    STORY – 1.5 stars
    CASTS – 3.0 stars
    CINEMATOGRAPHY – 3.0 stars
    EFFECTS – 3.5 stars
    Overall – 2.5 stars
    Green-Tea-O-Meter: 9.9

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