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Gamer (2009)

Gerard Butler, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael C. Hall, John Leguizamo, Aaron Yoo, Kyra Sedgwick, Amber Valletta
Director(s): Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

U.S. Opening Date: 4 September 2009


In the not too distant future, Kable (Gerard Butler), a death row inmate, has unwittingly become a pop culture hero.

Every week, millions worldwide tune in online to watch him and hundreds of other convicts battle in Slayers, an ultra-violent multi-player online game invented by technological genius Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall). To the wealthy young gamer who controls his every move, Kable is just a sim (simulation) character. To the resistance group that opposes Castle's games as high-tech slavery, he is a critical element in their battle to take down the inventor.

Caught in the crosshairs of two opposing forces and under the command of a teenager's remote device, Kable must use his extraordinary fighting skills to escape the game, bring down Castle and overthrow the system.


It’s an action flick directed by the guys who did Crank and stars Gerard Butler of 300!

So at a certain brain-dead teenager boy level we’re quite excited. After all, we liked Crank as much as the next guy. But come on! The whole futuristic blood sport thing is as old as science fiction itself! Or haven’t anyone seen Rollerball (the original made in 1975) and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Running Man (1987, based on a Stephen King story)?

The filmmakers however promise something a bit more cerebral though: “It’s a little more Kubrick than Neveldine / Taylor at times,” says writer / co-director Mark Neveldine. Adds Butler: “To me, this is layered. It’s showing how society allows real violence into our lives.”

Neveldine is however quick to add: “It’s about ideas. But it’s also got bigger action set-pieces.”

(Note: This movie has undergone more title changes than Madonna adopting Third-World children! It was previously known as Game, The Game and Citizen Game. Check in here soon for further title changes!)

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