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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SKM7SI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,591 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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?

Customer Reviews

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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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By Call me Al TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 May 2015
Format: DVD
Set ‘some years from this exact moment’ Gamer explodes into our conscience with a visceral attack on the senses. This audacious gut-churning odyssey into an imagined near future has a dark morbid humour running through it as it examines a possible consequence of scientific advancement and the blurring of the virtual and real worlds. Although the violent blood-lust game Slayers at times reminded me of the brainwashing scene in Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange with its kinetic editing of gory images it was the more perverse and slightly alternative game Society which was the more disturbing as willing avatars and their players indulge in grotesque desensitised practices. This is a dystopian vision which nods to films such as The Running Man, Rollerball, The Truman Show and the underrated Surrogates but this is a movie where the dial is definitely turned up to eleven as it bludgeons the watcher into submission despite its stereotypical narrative and characters. Both Gerard Butler and Michael C. Hall play ‘bad’ and ‘mad’ to the hilt and the scene where Hall performs I’ve Got You Under My Skin is bizarrely brilliant. Unquestionably a film which leaves its mark.
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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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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film is one of the kind people may love or loath completely, depending on which side they're on. IMO I find it a little distopic Sci-Fi gem, being all based on the freaky question: What if virtual reality could substitute the actual one we live in or,even worse, was manipulated by a mean yet powerful despot-like bloke?
As for the item itself,I can say this dvd is brilliant, featuring a very good picture and sound quality as well as very accomplished performances by the cast. One of Gerard Butler's best efforts and a film I recommend to you.
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Format: Blu-ray
The film has a similar theme as "Rollerball." An individual becomes larger than the game, so the game must be changed to take care of the individual. Nanotechnology, the technology that makes friction free ketchup bottles, will allow us to place a controlling chip in a human's brain that will allow someone else to control their actions, speech etc. People pay to be controllers and get paid to be controlled.

There is a society aspect to the game where people are controlled for their own perverted pleasures. Criminals are controlled in a Slayer game where they fight with simulated automatic weapons. Kable (Gerard Butler) is our James Caan. He is a criminal on death row whose crime we see in a flashback. He is controlled by a 17 year old kid named Simon (Logan Lerman) as in Simon Says. After 30 successful games, a criminal gets set freed. No one has done it yet, Kable is close.

To prevent his freedom, a ringer with no controller (faster reflexes) is placed in the game to get Kable. There is also an anarchist group known as "HUMAN" who is at work sabotaging the Matrix, eh ah the system.

I liked the Marilyn Manson soundtrack, but I thought they tried to get too cute at the end and instead should have just gone with a quick "Running Man" ending. They should have shortened the film instead of burdening us further with the message that poor people will prostitute themselves to the rich who enjoy being in control.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, sex, nudity.
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