Glorification of Human Torture
Release Date: September 04, 2009
Starring: Gerard Butler, Michael C.
Hall, Logan Lerman, Alison
Lohman, Kyra Sedgwick,
Ludacris, John Leguizamo,
Amber Valleta, and Terry Crews
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Mark Neveldine and Brian
Executive Producer: James Neveldine and Brian
Producer: Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg
and Skip Williamson
Writer: Mark Neveldine and Brian
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, CEO
Lionsgate AKA Lions Gate Films
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200; Fax: (310) 255-3870
Ken Castle (played by Michael C. Hall) has created a global phenomenon called “Slayers.” Death row inmates are given the chance to escape their fate if they sign up for this so-called game. Their brains are infiltrated with nanoprobes that allow gamers to take control of their bodies, as one would control a virtual game character. The prisoners are then thrust into a literal war zone where they are subject to horrific deaths. If an inmate survives 30 rounds, he will be set free. Kable (Gerard Butler) is the only one to come close. The movie begins as he begins his final three rounds and struggles to return to his wife and daughter. Kable gets help from other people, but Castle sends out an assassin to end Kable’s journey to freedom.
Ironically, GAMER attempts to point out the twisted pleasures some people find in watching others in pain, but it does so by entertaining moviegoers with graphic images and death. It speaks against violence by glorifying violence.
Kable is a likable character, partially due to a surprising plot twist near the end of the film, but his good intentions are drowned out by the cacophony of destruction and in-your-face nudity. The story is weak, with more plot holes than character development.
To its credit, GAMER is the very definition of epic cinema. If the filmmakers did anything right, it was to set the audience on a heart-racing roller coaster ride. Too bad the obvious flaws distract from what could have been a serious look at the sinful ways of human nature.
The main goal of GAMER is to set the audience on a heart-racing roller coaster ride. Ironically, GAMER attempts to point out the twisted pleasures some people find in watching others in pain, but it does so by titillating moviegoers with graphic images and death. The protagonist is likable, but the movie’s cacophony of destruction and lewd content overwhelm his good intentions. The story is weak, with more plot holes than character development.