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Gamer

6/10
Action . Thriller . Science Fiction . Sci-Fi
 

Mind-control technology has taken society by a storm, a multiplayer on-line game called "Slayers" allows players to control human prisoners in mass-scale. Simon (Lerman) controls Kable (Butler), the online champion of the game. Kable's ultimate challenge becomes regaining his identity and independence by defeating the game's mastermind (Hall).

 
Actors: Aaron Yoo , Milo Ventimiglia , Alison Lohman , Chris "Ludacris" Bridges , Kyra Sedgwick , Terry Crews , Amber Valletta , Logan Lerman , Michael C. Hall , Gerard Butler
Directors: Mark Neveldine , Brian Taylor
Country: USA
Release: 2009-09-04
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  • Vadim Rizov

    Neveldine and Taylor’s spazzy (but coherent) action scenes rely mostly on blood spurts instead of feats of badassery, but their dystopia is inventive and their visual schemes diverse.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Crank’s Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor direct with their usual flashy brio, and basso profundo Keith David has a sublime cameo as a cop indignant at the thought of a pistachio peanut butter sandwich. It’s that kind of movie, folks.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Josh Modell

    The trouble with Gamer is that it’s weird, but not weird enough for the long haul.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    The technical barrage of visual and digital effects, quick cuts and strobe lighting does produce something akin to the sensation of playing a video game. So why, one wonders, don't potential viewers simply play one instead of watching this pale imitation?

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rob Nelson

    The audience gets played in Gamer. This latest eye-scraper from writer-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor is as hopped up as their "Crank" pics, but with dour Gerard Butler as a soldier commandeered by a teenage gamer, it's considerably less interactive.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    For long stretches of the PlayStation-minded Gamer, the action does drag.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    I wonder if Gamer might make a good game; it certainly doesn't make a good movie.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Considerably less of a thrillgasm than playing "Frogger" blindfolded.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Glenn Whipp

    Rarely have the words "game over" come as such sweet relief.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    As the brutish Kable, Gerard Butler must find out who's pulling his strings, but it's the audience whose chain gets yanked by this headache-inducing techno-violent mishmash.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    What the movie needs more than anything else is a fast-forward button.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Cliff Doerksen

    Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor were responsible for the delirious "Crank" and "Crank 2" but left the magic behind when they threw together this tedious mash-up of "Tron," "Rollerball," "The Matrix," etc.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    A futuristic vomitorium of bosoms and bullets.

    The New York Times Full Review
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