Critic Consensus: With all of the hyperkinetic action and none of the flair of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's earlier work, Gamer has little replay value.
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Critic Reviews for Gamer
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have slowly started garnering actual critical consideration for their Crank movies; with Gamer, they make another good case for taking them seriously.
In the press materials Mr. Butler informs us enthusiastically that the movie "has all the hallmarks of Neveldine's and Taylor's sick, yet genius minds." At least he's half right.
Bodies and buildings blow up but this is carnage of the most lacklustre sort, with any momentum petering out long before it's "game over."
It's a deeply cynical and joyless point of view, completely lacking in the winking visual style that made Crank worth a look.
Crass, nonstop action triumphs over narrative and character in this movie-length simulation of a video game.
Audience Reviews for Gamer
This is a really bad film. The script was so poorly written, Butler's considerable talents were left to wither on the vine.
When this started I thought it was gonna be crap, the plot sounded naff, it didn't reach the cinema and there have been many films like this before...mainly during the 80's. I was actually surprised, this is not bad to be honest, for an unoriginal plot that harks back to 'The Running Man' its pulled off quite well. The main thing is the fighting sequences which do look pretty good and 'game' like, you could be watching a frag fest like 'Halo' when watching this and it probably would be like this if it was done for real. The 'interactive computer net world' sections of the film are handled well too showing how the controllers use their real life 'players', it does come across as quite believable which really holds the film together. The other game shown in the film being a 'The Sims' style game which is also well done but maybe a tad too much cliched sex going on...but I guess that's kinda real too. The plot is a mix of a few films sure but the director does manage to show other angles to the story which do relate well to today's interactive game world. Butler is also a good choice as the main 'slayer' and continues his good run as a hero but that's it for cast really. Sounds like a real B-movie but its pretty decent and worth checking out, still can't quite beat the classic 'Running man' with Arnie though.
An insanely twisted, deranged, sick, wickedly original and sadisticly entertaining action-thriller. It`s hard-boiled, stylish, and frequently wild with lots of ideas and fun to go around. Directors, Neveldine and Taylor continue to branch out with their outragious style and vison with another over the top and engaging action movie. Gerard Butler has great presence as the hero in the film and gives a great performance. Terry Crews is electric, he gives a dark and freaky performance which is something cool and new to see him in. Michael C. Hall is terrific.
|Kable:||No. Not cool. Pay attention to the fucking game!|
|Kable:||What are you- twelve?|
|Simon:||Iâ??m seventeen actually, thank you. This is unbelievable.|
|Simon:||I'm seventeen actually, thank you. This is unbelievable.|
|Kable:||How am I not dead yet?â??|
|Kable:||How am I not dead yet?|
|Simon:||Because Iâ??m a badass motherfucker.|
|Simon:||Because I'm a badass motherfucker.|