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Starring: Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall
Writers: Neveldine/Taylor
Directors: Neveldine/Taylor

The Plot

Source = Yahoo Movies

Set in the near future, a time when mind-control technology has taken society by storm. Humans control other humans in a mass-scale, multiplayer online game. Reclusive billionaire Ken Castle has created the controversial form of entertainment, "Slayers," a hugely popular game that allows millions to act out their innermost desires and fantasies -- online -- in front of a global audience. Gaming has evolved into a terrifying new dimension-mind control-manipulation-people playing people. At the center is Kable, the superstar and cult hero of "Slayers," the savage, ultra-violent first person shooter game. Kable is controlled by Simon, a young gamer with rock star status who continues to defy all odds by guiding Kable to victory each week. Taken from his family, imprisoned and forced to fight against his will, the modern day gladiator must survive long enough to escape the game to free his family, regain his identity and to save mankind from Castle's ruthless technology.

The Review

This may be the most generic man thing I'll ever cop to: I freaking love love LOVE the Crank series. Neveldine and Taylor are two of the most creative people out there, and are the top in terms of making a fun action movie. Crank and Crank: High Voltage are zany, fun, and most important good. Gamer, their third film as collaborators, marks a different turn. Instead of just a 90 minute mish mash of violence, they go the story route and create an entire universe. The end result? Another awesome film.

Gamer's future world is based around the new way of gaming, where people control other people in various games, from the Second Life-like Society to the first person shooter-like Slayers. Not only is it creative, it is absolutely believable. In this day and age of the internet, we can choose to be whoever we present ourselves as, and especially in terms of multi-player games like Second Life, we can create our own reality. This takes it one step further; instead of controlling a computer generated person, you control a real life human (who consents to this, becoming an employee).

Slayers, the game featured prominently, pits death row inmates together in a FPS kill or be killed environment. If one of the inmates can survive 30 matches, he will be set free, reminiscent of The Running Man. It's an orgy of violence: heads get blown off, limbs go missing, people die; all being controlled by teenagers.

This film blew me away. The action scenes, of course, are great, but the acting as well...for an action film, it was top notch. Gerard Butler as Slayers hero Kable, still fights his Scottish accent like in The Ugly Truth but does not need to say much. Instead, he just kicks ass and takes names. Michael C. Hall plays Ken Castle, the reclusive billionaire and creator of these games, and he hams it up every step of the way to great results. As a big fan of Dexter, I was pumped for his appearance and was not disappointed in the slightest. He's funny, he's crazy, and he's an all around douchebag, but you just can't help but smile whenever he's on screen.

The story takes a bunch of twists and turns that are not revealed in the trailer, and aren't going to be revealed here. Just know that it is worth the trip and the ride. Neveldine and Taylor have made another great movie, but have shown that they are capable of much more than originally thought of to be. See this movie. NOW.

FINAL VERDICT:
A-

 





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