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Gamer [DVD]

Gerard Butler , Alison Lohman , Mark Neveldine , Brian Taylor    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gerard Butler, Alison Lohman, Kyra Sedgwick, Ludacris, Michael C. Hall
  • Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SKM7SI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,233 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Sci-fi action thriller starring Gerard Butler. In a terrifying near-future world, gaming and entertainment have evolved to the point where mind control technology has taken over society and humans control other humans through mass scale multi-player online gaming. Death row prisoner Kable (Butler) is the real-life avatar of a savage shooter game called 'Slayers', brainchild of reclusive billionaire Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall). Can Kable survive the relentless onslaught of death matches to face the ultimate challenge: escape imprisonment, regain his true identity, free his family and save humankind from the clutches of Castle's ruthless technology?

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loud, extreme and surprisingly good 21 Mar 2010
Format:Blu-ray
I went into this expecting to see... well, basically what's been described so many people here. Mindless, extreme action. Sometimes, that's what you want to watch, sometimes it isn't. Today, I was curious.

One of the first things that struck me (besides the use of 'teabagging' as seen in various FPSes) was how video game violence translates to "real film". Gamer is the most effective translation of video gaming to film, and it made me realise just how horrific some of the things we find hilarious and awesome in our games would be in a more realistic medium. Body parts go flying, heads are blown off, and every step of the way, the game/film connection felt very deliberate and fairly powerful at times.

The social commentary is not very deep or subtle, but it's interesting and probably not as far from the truth as one would want to think. The film goes to extremes because it tries to portray the extremes of humanity in a world where Second Life and Modern Warfare are real. It's not, as one reviewer here calls it, a misogynistic and homophobic film.

Visually, it's as over-the-top as everything else in the film. The jittery, jolted imagery is meant to convey the game world and succeeds some of the time and fails miserably some of the time. Most of the time, it works just about enough for me to roll with it without making too much of a fuss. The Kingdom was much worse in my opinion.

Perhaps I just had really low expectations. Perhaps I'm a braindead dimwith. Whatever the case, I quite enjoyed Gamer.

Tarkovsky, Kubrick or Kaurismaki this ain't. Don't expect it to be a ponderous, slow-moving meditation on the devaluation of human life like Moon. Expect it to be a crazy, extreme belly-roar about how human life is worth flick-all these days. Take it for what it is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
**** spoilers ****

Basically, Gamer is a reworking of The Running Man - death-row inmates are given the option to participate in an ultra-violent combat game, with the chance (ha-ha - as if!) of winning their freedom. The twist here is that boo-hiss villain Ken Castle (played with relish by Michael C Hall) is into a little nanotechnology mind-control. It's loud, it's trashy, with lots of shaky-cam effects and seriously (I mean nausea-inducingly) strobing, quick-changing images. There's plenty of OTT action - some impressive and some downright silly - can you really run a car on alcohol-tinged vomit and urine?. Butler, although somewhat hamstrung by the whimsical script, does a decent enough job, but he was put to far better use in 300 and Beowulf and Grendal.

It's all a bit soulless though. We all know that the baddy will get his comeuppance - conveniently broadcast for the media-hungry public to see (once again a la Running Man) and loving family man Butler will earn his reward, but did I really care? Not much, to be honest.

It's not as clever as it thinks it is and certainly not as good as the films it seeks to emulate (as well as The Running Man, I detected some hat-tips to the original Rollerball and The Matrix). Leave your brain at home though and go with the flow and Gamer's crazy ride should just about keep you entertained for 90 minutes - special mention to the utterly off-the-wall song and dance routine just before the grand showdown!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Butler's Got Game 31 Jan 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Blu ray, Region 2/B, Running time 95 minutes.

Trivia.
1)Michael C'Hall is better known for his long running serial killer series Dexter.
2)Sam Witwer played Davis Bloome/Doomsday in Season 8 of Smalville & StarKiller in the two The Forced Unleashed video games as well as Aiden in the US version of Being Human.
3)Logan Lerman is best known for his Percy Jackson movies.
4)Terry Crews star's as Hale Ceaser in the 3 Expendable movies.
5)Milo Ventimiglia starred as Peter Petrelli in Tv show Heroes & Rockys son Robert Balboa in the film Rocky Balboa.
6)Directors Mark Neveidine & Brian Taylor credits include Crank & Crank 2 & Ghost Rider Spirit Of Vengeance.
7)Keith David voices the Slayers commercial.

Review.
In the future death row convicts are controlled by user's in a mind controlling doom laden environment of brutality & survival game called Slayers which is created by Ken Castle a reclusive billionaire who allows millions of user's to use there convict avatars in a brutal life & death viewed by a audience of millions all over the world.

30 wins will allow the convicts freedom from there incarceration but nobody has yet succeeded in accomplishing 30 straight wins but will teenager Simon who's so far unbeaten with his avatar Kable who he leads to victory weekly be the first to player to achieve 30 wins.

Kable is seeking his freedom as he's nears his 30 matches which will allow Kable to finally be set free or will he?

What is Castles true motives, Will Kable be allowed his freedom & be allowed being reunited with his family & bring Castles brutal combat game Slayers to an abrupt end?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dexter like you've never seen him before 15 Aug 2013
Format:DVD
Okay, I know that this is really a `Gerard Butler' film, but you can't talk about Gamer without mentioning TV's most charming serial killer, Dexter (played by Michael C Hall). Here, we see a side of him which wouldn't be seen dead in Miami Metro PD. He talks with a southern US accent, sings and dances while he brainwashes hordes of badguys to do his bidding - he really lets his `dark passenger' run wild!

But anyway, enough of the baddie. We're really here to watch Gerard Butler as a convict who's forced to allow himself to be controlled by a computer game playing kid in a violent game of death. And it is violent.

The shoot outs are pretty well done and there's plenty of action and sexual depravity to keep the (mainstream) masses amused.

Don't expect too much in the way of a story or character development, but were you really thinking there would be in a Gerard Butler film (bless him)?

It's style over substance. Which is a bad thing if you're looking for a deep and meaningful film. However, I was expecting rampant bloodshed and plenty of fighting and I got just that (plus Dexter behaving like he was on drugs). What more could I wish for? Well, apart from a coherent plot, but, hey, you can't have everything in life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was pleased with it.
Published 19 days ago by Tracey B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it, great product...speedy delivery!
Published 1 month ago by Debby Amos
5.0 out of 5 stars love this
I love this movie my online name for everything has Kable in it one of my fav movies which am about to watch
Published 3 months ago by vG Kable
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire
This is dire, correction way beyond dire, if its in a buy one get one free deal leave this on the shelf, better still take it and place it in the best place for it, the nearest... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Kenneth W. Roper
5.0 out of 5 stars Gamer
If u like dumb action films with not much focus on story then this is your thing. Gerard Butler and Michael C Hall r gr8
Published 5 months ago by dozza
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollacoaster ride!!!
Gerard Butler in this futuristic thriller,loads of action and fast paced throughout,Some excellent effects too. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. A. T. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars This I recommend.
Good movie.
The shipping went smoth and fast.
The parcel was undamaged.
I have enjoyed watching it.
I cancer recommend it to those who like a good action movie.
Published 6 months ago by Hesse Tanya
5.0 out of 5 stars A film of its own
Not only is the storyline of this film excellent, the action is non stop with Gerard butler at his very best. The picture quality is stunning also! Definitely a bargain film!
Published 10 months ago by Reece Cassar
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Very Gerard Butler, so you probably need to be a fan... Quick delivery... Great price,,, I would tell my friends about it
Published 11 months ago by Laurelrose
2.0 out of 5 stars Souless reworking of the Running Man
The attempts to emulate the gaming world had a jarring effect on me and despite its short running time the stuttering editing quickly outstayed its welcome. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. S. Storey
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