Gamer (2009)



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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Reality and video games merge in this high-concept sci-fi action thriller from Crank creators Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. In the not too distant future, mind-control technology allows humans to control the actions and movements of other humans, allowing reclusive billionaire Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall) to create the ultimate video game. It's called "Slayers," and it's a mass-scale, multiplayer online first-person shooter that's as controversial as it is popular. In the world of gamers, Simon (Logan Lerman) is a rock star; miraculously managing to keep his character alive week after week, he racks up frags like Billy Mitchell jumps barrels. But unlike Mitchell's Mario, Simon's video-game avatar is a living, breathing human being named Kable (Gerard Butler). Defying the odds to keep Kable running and gunning though even the most explosive battles, Simon captures the imagination of a global audience. Torn from his family, thrown into prison, and forced to fight against his will, Kable realizes that his only hope of ever seeing his family again is to somehow escape the game, reclaim his identity, and expose Castle's dehumanizing technology on live television. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
R (for frenetic sequences of strong brutal violence throughout, sexual content, nudity and language)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Zoe Bell
as Sandra
Milo Ventimiglia
as Rick Rape
Michael C. Hall
as Ken Castle
Aaron Yoo
as Humanz Dude
Terry Crews
as Hackman
John De Lancie
as Chief of Staff
Jonathan Chase
as Geek Leader
Noel Gugliemi
as Upgrade Guard
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges
as Humanz Brother
Kyra Sedgwick
as Gina Parker Smith
Dan Callahan
as Backup Geek
Keith Jardine
as Mean Slayer
Michael Weston
as Producer
Jarvis W. George
as Brown Soldier #1
Jai Stefan
as Brown Soldier #2
Richard Machowicz
as Blue Soldier #1
Ken Smith
as Lifer
Henry Hayashi
as Razorblade
Dylan Kenin
as Train Guard
Keith David
as Agent Keith
Maggie Lawson
as Female News Host #1
James Roday
as News Co-Host #1
Sam Witwer
as Caseworker
Kate Mulligan
as Sorority Chick
Med Abrous
as Pig Face Ron
Ashley Rickards
as 2Katchapredator
Nikita Ramsey
as Kumdumpsta #1
Jade Ramsey
as Kumdumpsta #2
Mimi Michaels
as Stikkimuffin
Sadie Alexandru
as Society Victim
Ariana Scott
as Sissypuss Shelley
Cynthia Robertson
as Porn Girl
Antoinette Antonio
as Female News Host #2
Antoinette Anthony
as Female News Host #2
Donnie Smith
as News Co-Host #2
Lloyd Kaufman
as Genericon
Stephanie Mace
as Geek Girl
Adam Loeb
as Ben Richard
Fred Loeb
as Society Concierge
Joe Reitman
as Board Op
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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | September 10, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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.

September 8, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

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."

Full Review… | September 8, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's a deeply cynical and joyless point of view, completely lacking in the winking visual style that made Crank worth a look.

September 8, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Crass, nonstop action triumphs over narrative and character in this movie-length simulation of a video game.

September 8, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 8, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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This is a really bad film. The script was so poorly written, Butler's considerable talents were left to wither on the vine.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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