Friday, September 9, 2011

4/50x2: Gamer

So, this is how I believe we need to see our Gerard Butler. All of these romantic comedies he keeps throwing out there just do not work for me. If you are an action star (hello Dwayne Johnson) work with your bread and butter. I know everyone likes to branch out once in awhile, but stay true to who you are.

Butler is in his glory in Gamer as Kable, a prisoner on death row that just so happens to also be participating in this new 'video game' created by Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall).

Castle has created two separate reality games, the first being called Society - which is basically like the Sims except you control actual people. In his new game, Slayers, those on death row have a chance to play themselves out of prison with 30 victories.

No one has ever been able to make it to 30, or really even close before. Kable, however, is getting close. There is a catch though, he is being controlled by Simon Silverton (Logan Lerman), a rich kid who is detached from what is actually happening (actual killing) and loving his new found popularity and fame.

An alternate group that feels Castle is creating zombies by disturbing people's brains is called Humanz, which is run by Brother (Ludacris). He will do everything possible to help Kable get through his 30 victories and destroy Castle.

Castle, however, has other ideas. In order for his game to remain full proof he inserts Hackman (Terry Crews) into the game, but without a controller. He remains with free will - and the extra seconds could give him the edge over Kable.

The film also stars Alison Lohman and Aaron Yoo as Humanz members; Amber Valletta as Angie (Kable's wife); and Kyra Sedgwick as Gina Parker Smith, a talk show host.

First of all, I am not sure why everyone blasted this film. I found it quite enjoyable - and thinking outside the box. Look around, how many people think at some point this could be where video games go? And how many sick people out there would just love to play it.

I thought everyone did very well in their roles - great seeing Hall in this and he played it so well. I could have done without his dance sequence though - that was a bit odd.


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