I watched it online (Shh... don't tell anybody!) a few days ago.
I can say several things about Gamer.
I don't really know why people rate it as one of the worst movies of the year. I am not a very technical movie reviewer, so I see more on concepts, flow and such. I know that there are several things that didn't make sense in which I will address them later.
The first thing I found about Gamer was that the concept was pretty cool. Gaming has been taken to a new level where people are paid to be the characters that you control in the game while you pay to play using that character. Except for the part where the characters who are hurt in the game are also hurt in reality. If only that gaming engine allows those people who got hurt feel 10% of the pain in the game and 0% pain when they go off work, then Ken Castle wouldn't need to be chased around by The Humanz.
Now I can't say that he is awesome for coming up with the gaming engine because of human rights and stuff, just thought that it would be cool to have gaming that way.
About a minute ago, I just thought to myself. The only way to make gaming this way is to improve the graphics to an extend that they look like real people, real environment. Then Ken Castle won't be hunted down and people don't need to work as characters in the game. Imagine the environment that looks so real and characters that look exactly like people in an open world game like GTA, Assassin's Creed, etc.!
The plot is not very simple but predictable.
A guy wants to break lose from the gaming world, struggles a little bit but got out in the end. Finds out that Ken Castle is afraid of him because he was the earlier test subject who was controlled to kill his friend. He rescues his wife from an open-social-world game. Ken Castle became a foster parent to his daughter to blackmail him. He goes to find Ken Castle and kills him.
See! It's not simple!
Just a little bit twisty here and there. It might not be simple but it is easy to follow.
Some people complained that the gaming engine needed more "cast time" that is they needed to be explained more thoroughly like The Matrix. But... think about this, I am just a normal guy who loves watching movies, I will be like, "What the heck are they talking about?" if they were to do that!
Favourite part of the movie?
There is only one part that I really like, the rest... okay, some are forgettable and some are not. Those that are unforgettable are not my favourites :P
That part is when Ken Castle dances with his controlled soldiers. He just looks so... evil and sarcastic... The video of him dancing can be found in the post before this post titled "Ken Castle of the movie: Gamer"
Issues: Okay, fine. To me there is only one issue about the movie. That is the part where the main character (he was King Leonidas from 300) drank alcohol before the game, "Slayers" started and he vomited and peed into the truck to get it started. I don't know about you but he could've just... easily hidden the bottle of vodka out of sight while he is loading his gun for "Slayers". Hide it, run over the terrain to the truck, pour the vodka in and start the engine. He didn't need to be drunk while he is running. Of course, that sets away the drama but it's more logical that way!!
Eitherway, Gamer is an "Okay" movie. You can watch it for fun, but not necessarily earn the title of best movie of the year. Gamer might be brutal but it is still better than "The Punisher" which... didn't make it as a "Marvel" movie along with Elektra.
My rating: Not Bad
- Jackson Teoh