Gamer

Gerard Butler in Gamer
Status:
Now in Theaters
Film/TV/Stage:
Film
Genre:
Thriller/Action/Drama
Year:
2009
Director:
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor
Running time:
95 minutes

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SYNOPSIS

GAMER is a high-concept action thriller set in a near future when gaming and entertainment have evolved into a terrifying new hybrid. Humans control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online games: people play people…for keeps. Mind-control technology is widespread, and at the heart of the controversial games is its creator, reclusive billionaire Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall). His latest brainchild, the first-person shooter game “Slayers,” allows millions to act out their most savage fantasies online in front of a global audience, using real prisoners as avatars with whom they fight to the death.

Kable (300’s Gerard Butler) is the superstar and cult hero of the ultraviolent “Slayers.” 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.

GAMER stars Gerard Butler (300, THE UGLY TRUTH), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Amber Valletta (TRANSPORTER 2), John Leguizamo (RIGHTEOUS KILL, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13), with Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”).

Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment present a Lakeshore Entertainment/Lionsgate Production. GAMER is a Neveldine/Taylor Film.

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CAST

Gerard Butler … Kable/John Tillman
Michael C. Hall … Ken Castle
Kyra Sedgwick … Gina Parker Smith
Logan Lerman … Simon
Brighid Fleming … Delia
Alison Lohman … Trace
Amber Valletta … Angie
Terry Crews … Hackman
Logan Lerman … Simon
John Leguizamo … Freek
Zoe Bell … Sandra
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges … Humanz Brother

TRAILER

INTERNATIONAL TRAILER (released June 2009)

Directors Neveldine and Taylor talk about casting Gerard Butler:

New Clip from Gamer (source: CinemaBlend)

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PRODUCTION NOTES

This film was filmes in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

What if you weren’t in control of your own actions? What could you be forced to do against your will? Have sex with a complete stranger? Kill the people you love? In GAMER, a techno-themed action-thriller set in the not-too-distant future, co-creators Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (CRANK) have taken simulated reality into a terrifying new dimension.

Following the success of the CRANK films, which Neveldine and Taylor describe as “pure ADD candy,” the duo wanted to tackle a deeper story featuring bigger ideas and more complex characters. The filmmakers create three unique worlds within GAMER, each with its own filmic style and design. “The simulated reality game, ‘Slayers,’ is a massive, multiplayer battlefield; ‘Society’ is a tripped-out, fetishistic social-networking community; and then the real world exists outside the games,” explains Neveldine. “Each one has its own look and feeling, its own set of visual rules – from color to camera movement to effects to set design.”

“GAMER has all the hallmarks of Neveldine’s and Taylor’s sick, yet genius minds,” says actor Gerard Butler, who stars as Kable, a gladiator who fights to regain his identity within the gaming system that holds him captive. “They really have an innate, natural ability to create these kinds of concepts without over-thinking them, while creating great characters and keeping this element of freshness, youth and progressive thinking. They’re very talented.”

Like most successful science fiction, GAMER’s speculations about the future have a firm basis in present day reality. According to producer Tom Rosenberg, that’s part of its appeal. He says, “Although the story is far out, it’s grounded in reality. In fact, everything in the game, although set in the future, is really taking place right now, just to a lesser degree.”

Producer Gary Lucchesi agrees. “I think all the best science fiction is an extension of what you’re currently seeing. You speculate on what’s happening now and exaggerate it. I remember listening to the radio one day coming to work,” he recalls. “There was a young woman playing an online game who changed her avatar, her online alterimage, into this 6’6″ tough guy who carried a gun or a knife, and terrified people. Her alter ego was able to express itself through that video world. I think those fantasies certainly live within all of us.”

After watching his physical, emotionally rich performance in Zach Snyder’s 300, Neveldine and Taylor knew Gerard Butler was the only actor to play Kable. “There are so few true action stars left on this planet, and Gerard is the best,” says Taylor. “He has incredible physical presence and is willing to do the homework to make the action look real and visceral, as we saw with 300. But at the same time, there is a soul and humanity to his performances that draws you in and involves you emotionally.”

Apart from the originality of the story, Butler was also attracted to the cutting-edge approach of the filmmakers’ style. “I like to take risks,” he says, “and I want to think that any project I do is going to affect people either because it’s a new way of filmmaking, or because of the emotion behind it, or how unusual the story is. GAMER satisfied all of those requirements.”

For the part of Angie Tillman, Kable’s wife who is ensnared in the fetishistic ‘Society’ game, model and actress Amber Valletta faced considerable physical and emotional challenges. “When I first read the script, I thought, ‘Wow, I’ve never seen anything like this,'” Valletta says. “The genre yes, but not this kind of material. Nothing has ever been made that sounded, looked or felt like it. I’d never seen a woman in a role like this. It felt very modern.”

“Angie is a tough role,” Neveldine admits. “There’s the pain Amber has to go through being controlled, the sexual things the script put her through and the emotions and grief and all that stuff. But she tackled it so well. She surprised us everyday. She was amazing.”
Taylor adds, “I don’t think we really knew how good Amber was until she started working. It was pretty awesome, and she’s just a sweetheart.”

Playing living avatars controlled by other people, Butler and Valletta grappled with the challenge of not being allowed to react intuitively to a given situation, a dynamic that is in direct conflict with naturalistic acting. Valletta had to practice being utterly powerless in some of the film’s most difficult scenes, while Butler had to modify every aspect of his physical work. “Basically, the directors wanted the warriors in the ‘Slayers’ game to move differently, like a character would in a video game,” explains stunt coordinator Darin Prescott. “So guys will march ahead, kind of turn their guns, and then they’ll turn with it. It’s not as fluid as if guys were just running through battle. There’s also a little delay, or “ping,” as it’s called in the story, which happens when the controlling character makes a move and then the controlled character will make the same move a fraction of a second later.”
The unlikely controller of global action star Kable is Simon, a rich, sequestered teenage boy played by Logan Lerman. For most of the story, Simon is able to control the brutality of the game from the comforts of his high-tech gaming room, which Lerman describes as “working with little orange dots everywhere, which is a little complicated, but you get used to it. You get the flow of things and you adapt to the different style. It’s cool.”

In one particular scene, Simon actually appears on the battlefield with Kable, which was an intimidating experience for Lerman. “It was just so overwhelming,” Lerman says, laughing. “I give a lot of credit to Gerard to be able to focus with explosions going off and people getting shot right in front of him. It’s crazy stuff. I felt more at home in the studio.”

The real mastermind of GAMER’s virtual worlds, however, is Ken Castle, played by Michael C. Hall, the star of Showtime’s hit series, “Dexter.” “Michael was the ideal actor to play Castle,” Taylor avows. “This is one of those performances that people are going to talk about.”

A man who has grown up in the world of video games and the internet, Castle is the creator of the gaming technology in the film’s story. Sequestered in his house, Castle has no need for the outside world, having created a virtual environment of which he is the sole master. Taylor describes Castle as merely one part of a greater dystopian future landscape. “Castle’s basically trying to control everything,” he explains. “He’s trying to get his hands on everything and make everybody march in step and do exactly what he wants them to do. We’re moving toward a world, I think, where all of us can be Castle.”

For Hall, Castle’s egomania was the most appealing aspect of the part. “Castle believes he’s enlightened in a way that no one else is, that he’s super-human. He doesn’t see himself as evil. He’s like a kid playing in a sandbox.” The role also gave Hall the opportunity to break away from the somewhat repressed characters he’s played on television. “The part was like getting on a funhouse ride. I got to be unashamed, lascivious, do a Sammy Davis Jr. soft shoe, beat up the action hero of the year while controlling him with my mind, and have a really strange and severe hairstyle all in the same movie.”

Despite GAMER’s dark, cautionary story, Neveldine’s and Taylor’s vision of the future is not completely without hope. A rebel group called the “Humanz” recognizes that Kable has become more popular among the fans of the game than the game itself, and if they can get his support, they stand a chance of tearing down the rapidly growing threat to humanity. At the head of this organization is a man called “Humanz Brother,” played by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.

“I took on the role because I play the voice of reason in the story,” explains Bridges, who is an avid gamer himself. “It seems like video games get more and more interactive, and it’s just crazy to sit here and think how games will evolve over the next decade. If you allow evolution like this to continue where you’re toying around with human beings, it can become something very dangerous. But I think this movie is all about how much influence each individual has on the future and how we can make things change for the good and not for the bad.”

Rounding out the cast of GAMER is Kyra Sedgwick in the role of media star Gina Parker Smith, a celebrity who is instrumental to the Humanz’s mission to overthrow Castle. A fan of CRANK, Sedgwick signed on to the project having limited exposure to the world of gaming. “It was a leap of faith in that way,” she says, “but I really liked their first film and I liked this character. I thought she was fun. I liked the fact that she changes in the film. At first, she’s just completely out for herself, out to get the story. She doesn’t care who she hurts along the way. But ultimately she realizes that she does have to make a decision between whether to fight this underground grassroots Humanz fight or to be on the side of Ken Castle.”

Based on the strength of Neveldine and Taylor’s vision, GAMER also inspired a crop of notable actors to appear in a range of cameos. Among those who lent their talents to the project are John Leguizamo (ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, THE HAPPENING), Alison Lohman (WHITE OLEANDER, MATCH STICK MEN, BIG FISH), Johnny Witworth (3:10 TO YUMA, “CSI: Miami”), Keith Jardine (American mixed martial artist [MMA], Ultimate Fighting Championship [UFC]), Milo Ventimiglia (NBC’s “Heroes,” STAY ALIVE), Zoë Bell (ABC’s “Lost,” ANGEL OF DEATH), Richard “Mack” Machowicz (host of Discovery Channel’s “Future Weapons”), Keith David (CRASH), James Roday and Maggie Lawson (USA’s “Psych”), Lloyd Kaufmann (Co-Founder and President, Troma Studios), and Efren Ramirez (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, CRANK).

Neveldine’s and Taylor’s partnership extends to every aspect of the filmmaking process. Two halves of a single creative force, they share directing responsibilities equally and are most often seen together on set rapid-firing ideas at a breakneck speed. The pace of their work can be destabilizing for the crew and actors; yet it consistently yields results. “Mark and Brian are very unique, very smart, very talented, and they’re completely dead-straight honest,” says Rosenberg. “There’s no manipulation. If they say they can do something, they always do it.”

Neveldine’s and Taylor’s love of cutting edge technology, featured prominently in the film’s story, also extends to the filmmaking itself. To further define the unique look of each of the film’s fictional environments, the directors chose to use a revolutionary new camera system developed by RED. The RED camera is a digital system that incorporates compact flash cards instead of digital tape. While the system had not been tested to withstand the extreme rigors of an action film production, Neveldine and Taylor, who also serve as camera operators, were willing to take the risk. “Every movie we’ve shot, we’ve shot on a different format,” Taylor explains. “We’re always trying to find the latest, most technological thing like these RED cameras. We were almost beta testing these cameras in the field.”

“We’ve always wanted to move from the film world into new technology,” Neveldine adds. “We’ve been HD guys from the beginning. We love to push those cameras to the limit; we love what they can do. RED isn’t HD though. It’s RED. It’s a whole different format; it’s its own beast. It’s beautiful. It’s the most silky image you’ll ever see. When we tried it and saw how compact the camera was and how cool it was, there was no other option but RED.”

As camera operators, Neveldine and Taylor regularly incorporate unorthodox camera techniques to achieve a desired effect. Neveldine, who was on rollerblades from the time he could walk, will commonly pick up a camera and take off in a tracking shot, which is one of the real advantages of the smaller RED camera.

“The picture looks awesome,” says Butler. “It’s never really been done before, and you just have to see two seconds of this film, and you go, ‘Wow. What is this? This is really cool.’ It’s beautiful.”
The directors and production designer Jerry Fleming took a similarly innovative approach when designing GAMER’s futuristic world. Rather than build entire sets on a soundstage, the filmmakers made it their mission to find real, working locations and transform them into strange new environments. “We wanted our future to look practical, lived in, grounded, not something dreamed up on an art table,” explains Taylor. “So we took real places and repurposed them, such as turning a functioning gypsum mine into a prison. What you get is a location that looks like something people would actually exist in. Jerry is a genius at that.”

Fleming had to create twenty major sets with some sixty essential set lines. “There’s no such thing as knowing what they’re going to shoot,” Fleming says. “You have to dress everything pretty much 360?, which my very first director that I ever worked with, Robert Altman, taught me. I didn’t have that opportunity again until Mark and Brian. With these guys, I dress sets as much as I can so that they can do whatever they want to do. You just have to assume that it’s going to be on camera, and that’s much more exciting than building two-wall sets.”

For Butler, the varied, creative use of locations made production an endlessly exciting process. “Unlike 300, where we used green screen technology, here we were actually in many different environments,” explains the actor. “You’re in the big train station or you’re in the prison or you’re up there in the gypsum mine at an altitude of 7,000 feet. You’re in these incredible locations that really help you buy into the feel of being in this messed-up future. But it still feels very organic. It’s just like today’s world, but 20 years away.”

Whether it’s the story, the filmmaking technology or the production design, Neveldine and Taylor are committed to discovering new, unique ways to develop and execute their projects, with the hope of helping to expand the possibilities of the medium itself. Rather than choosing between high-tech innovations or guerilla-style pragmatism, the directors embrace both in equal measure, resulting in filmmaking that’s continually surprising and teeming with vitality. “We’re not trying to take something familiar and push it to the next level by spending more money, piling on more and more effects, and marketing it down your throat,” says Neveldine. “We want to give audiences something totally new and original, something they haven’t seen before.”

This film is in post production. It was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico from November 2007 – February 2008. The title of the film is a “working title” and may be retitled for release.

Interesting Trivia: Mark Neveldine played a cameraman in Ariel Vromen’s short film, Jewel of the Sahara, in which Gerard had the starring role.

RELEASE DATES

Greece – 3 September 2009
Finland – 4 September 2009
Italy – 4 September 2009
Norway – 4 September 2009
Singapore – 4 September 2009
Spain – 4 September 2009
Sweden – 4 September 2009
UK – 16 September 2009
USA – 4 September 2009
Belgium – 9 September 2009
Estonia – 9 September 2009
France – 9 September 2009
Russia – 9 September 2009
Cyprus – 11 September 2009
Denmark – 11 September 2009
Czech Republic – 17 September 2009
Hong Kong – 17 September 2009
Austria – 18 September 2009
Brazil – 2 October 2009
Netherlands – 8 October 2009
Croatia – 22 October 2009
Germany – 7 January 2010

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65 comments on “Gamer

  1. Gamer was awesome. I went twice and hope to attend again next week. It’s not showing in our town, so I have to travel 45 miles to see it. (That is what burns me the most) Great job Gerry. Your hard work paid off with one wicked film.

  2. I did not like this movie at all. He was great to look at, but it was lame..not at all my favorite movie of his. Lets hope he does not do amymore like this…

  3. i have seen Gerard in every film, but this is not Gerard’s….love the man dissapointed in the flick…., but will go to every film he stars , hope there are no more like this…give credit where credit is due let him do Bond, no there’s a Gerry film!

  4. scotsfan on said:

    GB.net, you all are wonderful for keeping us updated on gerry. where would i be without you? aside from sitting in my comfy chair watching GB movies all afternoon.

    this is by far one of the best and hysterical interviews he has done.

  5. Mary Lou B on said:

    I also went and saw Gamer this morning. I am a 60+ fan and only went to see it because of Gerry being in it. I was taken back by the violence and nudity. Watching the first part was so unnerving that I had a hard time concentrating on what was going on. The second half was much better where it showed the more human side of Kable. The only other decent actor was Michael C. Hall. Kyra Sedgwick was awful. I liked The Ugly Truth so much better. Can’t wait for Law Abiding Citizen in October.

  6. I would normally never see a movie such as Gamer, but since it was a Gerry movie, I went.
    It was quite interesting, after the movie the discussion was very lively.
    It was not fluff. The theme was Quite an interesting concept. As a teacher, I know that students are
    really into all this technology, I feel most of them don’t have empathy for each other. So really
    this world in Gamer is very believable to me. Sadly, this is the future. Gerry was quite good in the movie An action role for sure.

  7. Robyn Gordon on said:

    I saw Gamer last night – drove 2 1/2 hours each way to see it! Man there is something about a guy in military gear that is very sexy! Loved Gerry in the film, I did find the movement of the film a little hard to take – or it could have been the theatre. Anyway, I liked the little bits of humour throughout and LOVED Michael C. Hall’s dance number – just downloaded “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”. Will definitely buy the DVD, so I can see parts that I probably missed. It is a little scary to think how easily this could become our world. How much control are we already under that we have no idea about? SCARY!

  8. I saw Gamer today. I did not like it. Very superficial. There wasn’t enough development of the characters. I was disappointed to say the least. Most of the acting, except for Gerard’s and the boy that played Simon, was terrible and not believable. Of course, it could have been poor direction.

  9. Barbara on said:

    Gerry made the movie! Intense, tough, with challenging and thought provoking storyline. It’s never easy to see the worst side of things. Gerry is the best at bringing a character to life. You really go on the journey with him. Too much for under 17 for sure.

  10. Elizabeth on said:

    Just saw it. Gerry was as usual perfect. Awsome preformance. Fantastic visual effects. A bit let down
    by the ending. Seemed to end to simply. Otherwise cant take my eyes off Gerry. Michael C Hall was
    also enjoyable to watch.

  11. Justine on said:

    I saw the first showing at 2pm Eastern time in my home town. I along with husband and son were 3 of 8 people there. I know it was a work day (were on vacation), but I was a bit surprised with the head count. Maybe the night and weekend will be better. I love my Gerry. The language was a bit much and too much naked woman. Really……and Gerry only had a shirt off. Ugh that will have to do. I have to say I loved it only because Gerry was in. The Ugly Truth rocked and I cannot wait to see Law Abiding Citizen. My guys liked it though, Thanks Gerry

  12. Marilyn on said:

    Gamer had all the violence I expected. It submerged you in it and then began taking you to the real reason behind it all. As the story unfolded, the previous violence made more sense. I do hope the writers are wrong about our future. To think that the world would sink so low is disheartening. But, through it all, Gerry’s character held out hope for us. Tillman always rememberd his real name when he was called Kable. He kept hold of reality and that is what may save humanity.

  13. Jeannine on said:

    Right off…too much foul language and nudity. There are other ways of showing how society is at the time. Filming style was good. Butler did a GREAT job! His portrayal was INTENSE! Michael C. Hall was the perfect villian. It is such a fast moving film with all the action, etc. that I found myself wishing it had lasted longer! I hope this film serves not only as great entertainment but as a warning to us about what the future could be.

  14. Linda Nicosia on said:

    I was very disappointed with Gamer. While I am a big Butler fan (and he was candy to the eyes), I thought that the movie could have been SO MUCH BETTER! I love the premise- video games taken to an unethical level. I would have liked to see the movie focus more on the battles, his regaining consciousness of what Castle did to him, and Butler and the “freedom fighters” working together to stop Castle. I wish that they dumped the Society shots–only used them to show how corrupt, greedy and inhuman Castle/society could be. This would have been fine in his interview with Kyra/Gina. I felt getting the anti-Castle computer geeks into the prison, their conspiracy with Simon and Kable, and his ultimate battle against Castle could have made a suspenseful and action-packed film. I didn’t feel that Kable even needed to have a wife and daughter to return to–his becoming aware of how Castle forced him to murder his good friend (and the dire implications of how people could kill for fun whenever and whereever they wanted to) would have been enough of a reason to destroy Castle.

  15. Love Gerry….Will support him in any movie he comes out in because he is fantastic in whatever he does. I watched this movie twice today and of course he was just awesome. Will buy the dvd as soon as it comes out.

  16. Kristine on said:

    BOY OH BOY!!! Intense is one word to describe this movie…fast paced, non-stop action, and Gerry is kicking butt through the whole thing! Overall, a good movie! Lots of language and “stuff” being shown.
    He is showing his range for sure as far as a departure from some of his more recent roles…NO FLUFF here.

  17. Saw Gamer today – Gerard is FANTASTIC. He’s a FANTASTIC action hero. The woman playing his wife was BLAH – no chemistry but he was SUPER. WTG Gerard.

  18. Nanno2 Nanci on said:

    I won’t beat around the bush.. too much violence for me. Gerry’s performance was of course steller. I guess he has his reasons for accepting this type of a script,if you can call it that. It will certainly appeal to the gamer freaks out there. My Son being one of them. I loved “300”. It was with great taste.
    This is one I won’t see again or buy DVD.

  19. A surreal portrayal of human anguish- in the grays, blacks and reds.
    Reminiscent of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” or the statues without arms
    The question is, how easily will folks slip into irrational anguish hidden behind or
    “beneath the iron superficial foot” of advertisement and…….

    Which reminds me; I wanted to write Gerry a little note, asking him to do some
    research and take responsibility for his own health beyond not smoking and drinking.
    So much- let’s not take ourselves too seriously- lurks with those factory farmed animals
    under the blues, longing for the green, in the browns, blacks and reds

    Gerard’s performance is quite excellent-
    May our superstar live forever!!!!!

  20. I just saw “Gamer” …twice…My reactions were similar to the first two above… The first part of the movie was MTV-type quick camera angles…quick shots of the action..explosions …fire…action…and I had a hard time focusing on the prize: Gerry. I would think that this high-adrenaline rush would be intoxicating to many…the saecond third of the movie was more of a storytelling type..and less frenetic. We get to see Gerry in “regular” shots so we can actually look at him. The third part of the film I loved…
    SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

    At tone point he takes on about 10-12 henchmen at once!!! A la Bond or Bourne, but 10x faster and more deadly!!!! I’ll have to slo-mo that on the dvd since it, too, was so fast it was hard to really focus. He did all this with a tight blue tee on…and he is body beautiful!!!! SIgh!!!! REally!!!! There is also a tri–part series that show increasing by increments what happens in a room with a table and two chairs..it all makes sense in the end. There’s also a UGHHH moment..that actually is cool…concerning a gas tank, shall we say. Another “fun” part if you like brtual action from a hunky Gerard: he dispatches Rick Rape in a unique way…suffice to say, it is like breaking a stick over one’s knee. I lovead Gerry in this…and I cannot wait to get the dvds for TUT and this; TUT for the dance,elevator, and bed scenes..and this one for half of the movie that was too fast-paced for me!

  21. I saw it this afternoon and I loved it! I was a little leery because I was afraid I wasn’t going to (I, too, am 60) but I loved how it was filmed, the message/story, the characters and Gerry was incredible as Kable. For me there was enough ‘back story’ to make it work, enough narrative to make it comprehensible and plenty of realistic-style action to make you feel Kable’s dilemma. That the same totally believable Mike is also Kable is amazing. I honestly know of no one else who can so firmly ground a traditional action hero and a light comedic turn with such authority and grace. The sky is the limit, Gerry!

    It is pure Neveldine and Taylor which means it has plenty of action but with a brain if you’re open to it and a bit of sly humor when you least expect it. Camera work alone makes it unique and fresh unlike any other routine action flick I saw this summer.

    Good luck with Gamer, Gerry!

  22. Sue McCabe on said:

    Just saw the movie. Obviously, as a 60 year old woman, I’m not exactly fitting the demographic; but I enjoyed the message. And, funny to say–my older eyes couldn’t keep up with the flash formula of the movie, so I missed alot of the gore. Gerry is a great actor, and he’s paired with an awesome cast and directors. I think women of all ages can still like, not exactly love, the film.

  23. Ann Fassetta on said:

    Just got back from seeing Gamer at my local theater here in San Antonio, TX. As I expected, Gerry’s performance was insightful and dead on point. His usual depth and emotion was in high gear. Worth seeing it just for his performance. Amber Valleta surprised me with her performance. Much better than I expected. The emotion and pain on her face when she was being controlled was very good. Don’t want to be a spoiler… That being said I know the producers wanted the film to have a ‘video game’ feel but at time it was a bit too much. Too frenetic, you couldn’t focus. Too much going on. Too much forest, couldn’t focus on a tree. Reminded me of Alien when the lights were flashing, noise going off, just about the time you thought you saw something, the camera moved. Don’t know if that makes sense. But AFTER he escapes the game, things really get Gerry great. That is when you see his real masterful performance. The balance of the movie was really great. There is a really scary message in here. I thought about my grandsons and their video games. I can so seeing this happening. I will see it again…

  24. Amy Barnhart on said:

    Really not my kind of movie, but I went anyway because I want to support Gerry’s work. If I did like this type of movie, I would rate it high. And as always, Gerry was awesome….would’ve like to have seen more “back story” for his character, though.

  25. Sam Nutley on said:

    I live in the UK and have been so looking forward to seeing Gamer and was so pleased that it had a release date of 4th September. Great opportunity for my other half to take me to see it as we are both off work this week. Only to find that when checking out the cinema listing guide for showing times, it was not listed. To my disappointment, the date had been changed at short notice to Wednesday 16th September. Why, I ask? Why do we the people that pay to see these films, have to wait. It is ridiculous that the date keeps on changing. Bring it on!!

    Even more disappointing is that while checking out the IMDB a few weeks ago “Law Abiding Citizen” was scheduled for release in the US in October and then in the UK in March 2010 (a whole 5 months gap) and then to my surprise as I type this, I checked the IMDB again and luckily we get a release date for November 09. Lets hope this sticks and they don’t keep changing it, like they are screwing around with the release of “Gamer”.

  26. Jep, I’m also waiting for to see the movie, but since I live in a tiny-tiny-tiny village in Finland, I guess it’ll take another year for me to see the film in our theatre. So until that -just have to keep on waiting =) …and get a life! =D. Cheers!

  27. sue grint on said:

    i know this is probably not the right place to write, but i dont know where to, but i am very upset as i have been waiting for gamer for a long time, and it was filmed so long ago now, back in 07. all our posters in the uk are saying 4th september , and i have checked with every cinema, and they have not got gamer on their lists at all for the 4th september. i cant see, myself, whats happened as it has been delayed so many times for various reasons. i have now looked on butler.net and find its not out now until 16th september. what has happened, as so many people are going to be disappointed about this. what possibly can be the holdup now. i thought once the posters were advertising a film it would come out. i would love to hear from you.

  28. I for one, cannot wait for GAMER. What’s interesting is that you have a B-movie actor like Jason Statham who has appeared in the Taylor-Neveldine bros Crank movies, where suspension of disbelief is the prerequisite of the day; whereas here, we have A-lister Gerry Butler and maybe soon-to-be A-Star, Michael C Hall, delivering some potentially serious acting chops; along with Kyra Sedgwick. I cannot imagine this will be as bad as Death Race, and with tie-ins for X-Box Live, this in theory should be a winner all the way.

  29. Cristina on said:

    Of course I haven`t see the movie, I`m waiting, but for sure it deserves the five (5) stars. Love

  30. Jerry Hibbs on said:

    Cant wait to see the movie, If movie is as exciting as trailer, I would say that this one is a winner

  31. I saw a Gamer trailer on TV for the first time tonight. It looks just wonderful, especially big on TV rather than small on my computer! I can’t wait until Friday. On a movie screen, I think it’s going to be madness. Just WOW. I’ll likely be seeing it more than once. Oh, heck, I know I’ll be seeing it more than once. LOL.

  32. Cristina on said:

    At last an action movie for Gerry, for sure it will be a great success. Congratulations Gerry. Love

  33. Deborahau on said:

    Does anyone know if Australia is going to get a release date for “Gamer”?
    I can’t find one and we’ve had ALL of his other movies released in Australia.
    This one looks awesome!!

  34. Scott on said:

    Gerard was one of the coolest, kind and funny actors I’ve ever worked with, and the film is going to ROCK! Mark and Brian are extremely cool to work with as well. Look forward to hearing about their next film.

  35. FOXYMORON on said:

    Is it going to be released in Australia and when!!!!!!!

  36. Kimberly on said:

    I am so anxious for this movie to come out not only because I am a huge fan, but also because it looks incredible. I can’t believe I live in Albuquerque and didn’t even know he was here during that the filming. I know some local folks fortunate enough to have worked with him, including his PA and they all say he was totally awesome.

  37. Philipp on said:

    Check out this link for the official German site as well: http://www.game-derfilm.de

  38. Julie on said:

    Looking forward to this movie, but it takes so long for GB’s movies to come out! This movie started filming in Nov 2007. Gerry, quit making your fans wait so long for your releases! Also, can’t wait for The Ugly Truth in July. Finally, I have a movie I can go see with my son. I am sure he will like to see Gamer. September seems such a long time to wait! Watched the trailer numerous times. I even watched the German version which I liked even better. I love Gerry when he is rugged and a fighter. He is so versatile and I look forward to all his new films. Hope the Burns project works out for him.

  39. jennifer on said:

    loved the trailer of Gamer….Gerry looks tough, as he is his best this way….Hope he does not die at the end….sure hope this up to his talent quota…He is so talented & handsome, we just hope he has chosen the right way for his career…..
    looking forward to the release this year…GO GERRY— & CHEERS BIG GUY…..

  40. sue grint on said:

    this film will be a nice change for gerry going into the future instead of the present or the past. it looks very technical and we will have to have our wits about us when watching it but im looking forward to it greatly. the poster looks terrific and gerry looks great but quite sinister in it, especially his eyes.

  41. Jovial Mom on said:

    I have been looking forward to seeing this movie and have wondered why it’s taking so long to be released. I don’t care for the name “Citizen Game”–it sounds too much like “Citizen Kane”. It needs to have a catchy, more original name–something that stands out and makes people want to see it.

    Gretchen

  42. Karla on said:

    It sounds a lot like the Arnold Schwartzenegger movie, “Running Man.” But if GB is in it, I’ll watch it! :->

  43. amistakenlady on said:

    Game is a great name for this movie it seems, but Michael Douglas did a movie called Game a few years back and maybe they don’t want to confuse anyone. As long as GB is in the movie, that’s all I care about. Gerry’s #1 Fan :)

  44. Monserrat on said:

    I would like to know when is going to be release in Mexico!!!!!
    Someone can tell me???
    Thanks

  45. neofyght on said:

    can’t wait to see this film but like the name Game–why screw with a already good title?

  46. neofyght on said:

    Looking forward to seeing this movie but think name change will be a mistake. Game is a good name doesn’t need to confuse things by changing it.

  47. FOXYMORON on said:

    At last some news about it and a release date, I love Sci-fi and action so Gerard Butler IN a scific -action movie, absolute BLISS !!!!!!!!!!.

  48. I just saw the movie screening of this movie. It was AWESOME!!!! Such a cool idea for a movie. I’m sure they will change some things for the true release but I am already telling my friends. Gerard Butler is really good too.

  49. Cathrine on said:

    I just seing so mutch forward to it comes to Denmark. But it would problemly go a yer.

  50. Ashley Simons on said:

    I can’t wait to see this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope it gets released into theaters real soon:)

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