(2009/Lionsgate Blu-ray + DVD)
Picture: B-/C Sound: B/B- Extras: C- Film: C-
Gerard Butler and Michael C. Hall, but the Mark Neveline/Brian Taylor release Gamer (2009) is a major dud and a
highly lame attempt to rip-off the recent Death
Race remake with a videogame thrown in with the reality TV bit as if that
would make such a major difference between the two. Butler
has the gun and fighting skills, while Hall plays the bad guy. Too bad Hall unintentionally sounds like he
is auditioning to play Jethro on a Beverly
would be tolerable if this were not so derivative, tired, jumpy, dumb and silly
all the way through its long 95 minutes.
Instead, we get laughable scene after dumb scene after predictable scene
and all boring. Early on, this jumps the
shark when a younger male character tells Butler’s
Kable (call Dr. Freud) that he is “playing him” without it being street
fronting or either of them falling on the floor and laughing for an hour.
(responsible for the overrated Crank franchise and now either destroying Jonah
Hex for DC Comics or finally learning how to make a film correctly) wrote the
lame script and yes, even a prison is involved and you will feel like one
within minutes of watching this mess.
Amber Valetta, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Allison Lohman, Logan Lerman,
John Leguizamo and Kyra Sedgwick are among the supporting cast also wasted and
I could see why this was a box office dud.
A Pac Man game has a more extensive storyline and this is best skipped.
1.85 X 1 digital high definition image was shot with the RED 4K HD camera and simply
does not look that good, denatured to look hip, to look like video screens (why
do HDTVs in these kinds of film always have noise or lines?) and to look like
the Death Race remake. You get picture noise, disappointing Video
Black and poor playback throughout. The
anamorphically enhanced DVD is worse.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless mix with D-BOX bass motion code can be
lively, yet seems to be stretching the sound thin, which is a little more
digital than it should be and a tad harsh at times. The Dolby Digital 5.1 EX on the DVD (and in
French on the Blu-ray) are active, but poorer still.
both formats include the original theatrical trailer, two making of featurettes
(Inside The Game & First Person Shooter) and a feature
length cast/director audio commentary.
The Blu-ray adds I-Con Mode with more visual commentary, Gamer Chat
Codes, a never-before-seen trailer, Digital Copy DVD-ROM for PC and PC portable
devices and BD Live interactive functions.
- Nicholas Sheffo