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The makers of The Gamers present this extended sequel. Now running at feature length, the premise is still entertaining but stretched a bit thin. The quality is raised ever so slightly in terms of acting and technical aspects. There are also much funnier lines which is always nice. The film-makers have tried to add some further arcs in terms of the characters and their characters within the film, but these don't always succeed. Some say you have to be a gamer to get this film, but I would disagree. It's just a bunch of guys using their imagination for escapism, and they've managed to craft a film that can help you escape just as well.
Oh my god I can't say just how much I loved this movie. It reminds me of the days when my group and I would get together and play D&D. If you were a gamer and had played this type of pen and paper games you surely had to have had some moments akin to what you see in the film. It is utterly brilliant. You got a crew of friends that get together and play. The dungeon master has a way of always setting them up so that they make the wrong choices and fail. The gamers then bitch and moan but still come back for more. One of the guys has an ex and she is asked to play to fill a spot. She is new to the game but is apparently the one with the brains. The movie continues to play out in and out of the fantasy world. You see the group sit around the table and their reactions but other times it takes you into the story where the gamers are their characters. I laughed hard and often at the events that transpired. In a way I guess it makes fun of itself with the way things are setup. However it isn't mean with how it goes about it, it shows that they can take themselves too seriously and it has fun with that. You have to be a fan of the lifestyle to enjoy the movie but that doesn't take away from the laugh out loud moments. If you are a fan of the lifestyle then you'll end up laughing more often than those that just don't "get it".
A low budget film that makes fun of gamers but in a fun way that had me laughing at times, cringing at others.
Though it suffers from inevitable low-budget pitfalls and tends to drag out in certain places 'Gamers' turned out to be an unexpected gem that lovingly pays tribute to all of the little quirks and absurdities that draw people to the sub-culture in the first place...not to mention it's just downright hilarious at times, clearly conjuring the spirit of 'Monty Python' to good use.
This isn't a "mockumentary" type satire (which has been done to death), or even a parody (which usually try way too hard). This film let's the characters be people you would want to meet in real life and instead presents the inherent silliness of the game itself. As the crew goes headfirst into their Dungeon adventure we too are transported with them to the fantasy world where crazy rules are negotiated and (often) broken...but also a place that can be surprisingly touching.
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