Set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale-multi-player online gaming environments, a star player from a game called Slayers’ looks to regain his independence while taking down the game’s mastermind.
Sweet, a film that brings together my two loves; gaming and films.
Add to that Gerald Butler in the lead role and you have the probability of a winner.
Then you read the small print; written and directed by Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor. For some reason I’ve seen every film these two idiots have made, staring with Crank, moving through the interesting but ultimately a hash job that was Pathology, through the dismal mess that should have seen them thrown out of Hollywood, Crank 2 and now Gamer.
These two hacks may have come up with an awesome concept – who knows, they do have the writing credit, but maybe they stole to concept from someone with an ounce or two of creativity – but they managed to destroy it in the process of turning it into a film. The high points would be the social commentary on how addicted we are becoming to virtual worlds where our Avatar can be what ever we desire, and do anything without having to deal with the consequences.
Oh crap, did I say high points, plural? Ooops.
The biggest downside to the whole film is that it has the capacity to be a high octane action film, but rather than delivering edge of your seats, adrenaline laced action, Neveldine & Taylor seem content with playing around with visual styles, stripping away any assemblance of action and replacing it with over-saturated eye candy.
Then they behave like pre-pubescent boys let loose in a adult video store. Sure, for the briefest moment it helps drive home their social commentary, but then in the blink of an eye makes you wonder if they are actually porn school rejects – so utterly untalented behind a camera that they couldn’t even make it in the lowest of all film genres.
This is one film that is ripe for a remake, preferably by Pierre Morel, with Luc Besson doing the re-write (so that we gat a credible ending along with a decent story-line) and even though Butler does a decent job in a bad situation, it would be nice to throw Liam Neeson back in the low down dirty action pool and see if he can still swim.
Sadly that won’ happen, so we’re left with a half baked mess, that not only leaves a bad taste in your mouth, but roots you firmly on the toilet for quite a while.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: February 17th, 2010
Director: Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor
Length (Minutes): 95
Stars: Gerard Butler, Amber Valletta, Michael C. Hall, Kyra Sedgwick, Logan Lerman
Studio: Roadshow Entertainment
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1