Movie Review: Gamer
Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years ago
Written Sept. 6, 2009
I thought after “Ugly Truth” this film would bring Gerard Butler back on the map, but I think not. For now, he’ll just have to keep banking on his “300” work as “King Leonidas” or “Gerry” in “P.S. I love you” yeah I said it “P.S. I love you” (yeah it’s a chick flick, but one which is very well written and told) … this time around he’s “Kable”, a star player from a game called “Slayers” who looks to regain his freedom while trying to take down the game’s mastermind “Ken Castle” (Michael C. Hall) who basically happens to be a malicious modern day Bill Gates out to control the world as a whole.
At best, it was just a 95 minute music video with special effects d guest stars like Butler himself as well Ludacris, Kyra Sedgwick and even John Leguizamo… that’s it.
The film had potential to close out the summer as a kick-ass action flick, but it was a pretty bad collage of “Running Man” meets “Total Recall” versus “Gladiator” and turned out to be so shameful it isn’t even funny. Therefore I conclude… and yet another sour taste left after leaving the theater. I noticed it took two riters/directors to put this together (Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor) best known for the recent “Crank” series applied their fantasy action minds together to hash out what would be a film that was pretty much all over the place without any kind of break in order to sort of map things out. I partially take blame for having paid attention to a few texts that were coming through, but I think just the act of checking my messages says a lot about what was being delivered on screen. While the idea behind the movie is interesting, the execution is exactly that. An execution. The movie was trying at its best parts (and impossible) to grasp at its worst. Not a single scene goes by without the camera wobbling from side to side or throwing objects in and out of focus at break neck speeds. Sometimes, over the top directing allows for at least a scene or two of stability, but there was no peaceful moment to be found. Even scenes with little to no action were destroyed by camera actions too extreme to be justified. When all was said and done, personally, the credits rolling were a welcomed relief from the terribly edited, horrendously directed, sporadically written, and overall bombastic movie. I wouldn't recommend this to my worst enemy.