Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Screenplay: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Producers: Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Skip Williamson, Richard S. Wright
Starring: JGerard Butler, Kyra Sedgwick, Michael C. Hall, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Leguizamo, Amber Valletta, Terry Crews, Logan Lerman, Johnny Whitworth, Zoe Bell
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 95 min.
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have made careers for themselves by making action films. Films with little plot but loads of heart pounding, non-stop, balls-to-the-wall action. They’re sometimes rude, sometimes crude and always unapologetic. Pathology was a deviation. Though the duo didn’t direct, their story had more thought crammed into ten minutes than both Crank films put together. Gamer is an all together different beast which attempts to marry ideas with the Neveldine/Taylor style of action and the result is sometimes messy but also smart while never forgetting to be a whole lot of fun.
The near future is a crazy place. Advertisements are found everywhere, including the pyramids, and among the familiar brand names is a new beast: “Slayers.” In a world that features advanced and highly developed internet and gaming technology, Slayers is the brainchild of Ken Cable. The game allows players to control an icon in a first person shooter game except the icon is a real person partaking in real combat which results in real death. The icons are death row inmates who have “volunteered” for the opportunity to be set free – they simply have to survive through thirty rounds of carnage. Kane is the best there is: twenty eight games in he’s close to release except Cable will never let him go free because Kane knows too much.
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