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2000s, Action -Shoot-em Ups, Sci-Fi

Gamer (2009)

Duration 1h 35m Rating (UK) 18
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Additional Info Gerard Butler who seems to specialise in American hard men actually comes from Paisley outside Glasgow.
Director Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Starring Gerard Butler, Amber Valletta, Michael C. Hall, Krya Sedgwick, Logan Lerman, Terry Crews, Chris Ludacris Bridges, John Leguizamo
Elevator Pitch In a future society a rich enterpeneur has set up what might be called real life computer games, where the players control the activities of real people in fabricated environments. Our hero, wrongly convicted of murder, is one of many death row convicts who take part in “Slayer”, allowing himself to be controlled by a player in a shoot-out game. His wife works in “Society” the other game. Can he escape, rescue his wife and set the world to rights?
Content A load of shoot-outs in a variety of environments in “Slayer”, quite a number scenes in “Society” where the players get the participants to engage in sexual activities.   Out in the world audiences watch the progress of Kable, the hero. The owner of the games appears on TV, and it seems that in the end he might take over the world. So, violence with pistols, automatic weapons, grenades, edged weapons and fists. Much nudity, with drugs, drinking and more.
A View This outing was a disaster at the box office. Could you have too many shoot-outs, or too much implied sex with all the related nudity required? Maybe. It was certainly a bit derivative, even going back to the original “Rollerball” where a game player accidentally becomes an icon. And we would need two hands to count on our fingers the duels to the death by death row convicts. But there are striking images, so worth a view if you like shoot-outs and have a large screen TV.

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