Director: Mark Neveldine,Brian Taylor
Cast: Gerard Butler, Amber Valletta, Michael C. Hall, Kyra Sedgewick, Logan Lerman, Alison Lohman, Terry Crews, Ludacris, Aaron Yoo.
Synopsis: Set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale,multi-player online gaming environments, a star player (Butler) from a game called “Slayers” looks to regain his independence while taking down the game’s mastermind (Hall).
I loved the trailer and was really looking forward to it. But the trailer made it look like Death Race minus the cars which was pretty much about escaping prison. But Gamer basically starts after Butler’s character escapes prison. There is a good story to the movie which was flawed but enjoyable.
You think: Butler was badass in 300? Terry Crews is better at comedy? Alison Lohman is good as a cute girl? Think again. Butler belongs in action genre. This movie made me completely fall in love with his acting talent. Every time he was beating up Terry Crews’s character, I clapped. Logan Lerman nailed the role of Simon. And Michael C.Hall played the crazy-ass villain and he was awesome.
The action sequences were soooo cool[except… I’m coming at that point]. I mean, cars flying, people getting their heads blown, blood splattering everywhere, it was just gory and gruesome trashy fun.
There was a ridiculous scene near the end of the movie which was so ridiculous that it was fun. Y’all might have heard about it as the Michael C. Hall dance number. I knew nothing about it and ended loving it. I especially loved the ending which was kinda after this scene.
The soundtrack was amazing.
The movie tried to be funny in a Neveldine/Taylor way which worked for both Crank movies but for this one, not so much. I even thought the scenes were annoying at times.
But my biggest problem with the movie was, during the action sequences the camera was so shaky that it felt like somebody was chasing the camera-man with a damn machete when he was filming the damn thing. Don’t get me wrong, the action sequences were great but it had potential of being better which was destroyed by shaky camera.
I’m against rapper getting movie roles[except, Eminem, Mos Def].So, Ludacris was aweful in Max Payne, bearable in Rock N’ Rolla and the 12 steps backwards in Gamer. Just unbearable.
I know people like Kyra Sedgewick but I just don’t see anything good about her.
Overall, I loved Gamer more than I thought I would. The good things outshined the bad and ended up as a fun action flick which was a little more than just “mindless action” movie. I don’t care what everyone thinks about the score but I’ll give it a 8 out of 10.