Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Promotion: Destiny Awaits
Win a limited edition PS4 and a copy of Destiny
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Gerard Butler
Milo Ventimiglia
Alison Lohman
Terry Crews.
Directors
Brian Taylor
Mark Neveldine.
Screenwriters
Mark Neveldine
Brian Taylor.
Running Time
95 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Into The Storm
2 Star Empire Rating
Police Officer's Wife, The
2 Star Empire Rating
Art Party
1 Star Empire Rating
God Help The Girl
3 Star Empire Rating
Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, The
5 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Two Days, One Night
5 Star Empire Rating
Some Like It Hot
5 Star Empire Rating
A Hard Day's Night
5 Star Empire Rating
Boyhood
5 Star Empire Rating

Gamer
You too can make Gerard Butler obey your every whim


submit to reddit


Plot
In the future, Kable (Gerard Butler), a convict, is mentally linked with a player who controls him in a violent, live-action computer game. He tries to escape from the program and hook up with the resistance to the schemes of megalomaniac games tycoon Castle (Michael C. Hall).


Review
The Neveldine/Taylor team, of the Crank movies, deliver another sci-fi mash-up, scrambling elements from eXistenZ and The Running Man in a busy, exciting, slide down the cutting edge.

Given that Jason Statham has already played an unjustly-convicted death row gladiator out to beat the system in Death Race, N/T have to use the less instantly charismatic Gerard Butler as a blank icon hero, but Six Feet Under/Dexter star Michael C. Hall finally gets a worthy movie role as an eccentric puppet-master villain. 

It’s not as immediately gripping as Crank and has one crucial lapse of imagination – the main game seems like a conventional first-person shooter – but has astonishing moments (Hall miming to Sammy Davis Jr as his choreographed kill-squad batter Butler) and concepts.


Verdict
An injection of adrenaline straight to the eye – which isn’t entirely a bad thing.


Reviewed by Kim Newman


Related Reviews
Sounds
Gamer
 

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Gamer
Empire Star Rating

Gamer Review

Despite the action scenes being surprisingly poorly done in the opening Gamer is still a very fun and hyperkinetic violent offering from Neveldine/Taylor. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by the film man at 12:02, 17 February 2012 | Report This Post


TERRIBLE MOVIE

SHIT ON EVERY LEVEL........... ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by chrisdagnall at 23:41, 17 January 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Gamer: Film Review

I found this incredibly dull. So dull, in fact, that it's the first film in years that I actually turned off after about 40 minutes. ... More

Posted by UTB at 13:41, 18 August 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Gamer: Film Review

Crank was great fun, this was just a poor attempt to copy that formula. ... More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 12:49, 18 August 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Gamer: Film Review

A good idea executed very poorly ... More

Posted by musht at 11:37, 18 August 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Gamer: Film Review

I think Gamer was brilliant. It wont appeal to everyone granted, but its aimed at a certain audience. And i think its intended audience would love it. Its exactly the same with Crank. It does exactly what it says on the tin. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by scarlin at 22:53, 17 August 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Gamer: Film Review

Watched it on Sky the other night. A bag of shit on every possible level. ... More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 16:58, 17 August 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Gamer: Film Review

I watched this the other day...I honestly thought it was dreadful, a real horrible mish-mash of other, better films. I reckon I would have loved this when I was 15. I'll give credit to Butler for playing this as straight as he could (though his west-coast-partick accent was terrible) while Michael C Hall hammed it up to the max but it just seemed a film that was thrown together. I hated the feel of it too, was a bit migraine inducing during the battle scenes. ... More

Posted by big dawg at 16:57, 17 August 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Gamer: Film Review

Great film. One of the better actioners I've seen in a while. Good cast, great set pieces and a cool soundtrack. Can't wait to see what Neveldine/Taylor come up with next. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 10:56, 14 August 2010 | Report This Post


Gamer: Film Review

Wednesday evening, flu coursing through my veins, head about to explode. I need a release, an escape from the realities of a cold February night. Mustering just enough energy to hoist my head in the direction of the door, my eyes fix upon a rental that dropped there earlier in the day. Could this be the antidote to my woes I ask? Detaching myself from the couch I wobble over and lay claim to the new arrival. What could it be? Like Charlie Bucket discovering the golden ticket, I p... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Matthew Pattinson at 17:49, 08 August 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Gamer

Made by idiots, for idiots. IMHO. ... More

Posted by gunstar at 21:06, 10 July 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Gamer

1 star for this. And that's for Michael C Hall.   Everything else about it was awful. ... More

Posted by jcthefirst at 12:20, 09 July 2010 | Report This Post


Gamer

Gamer, to me, was an enjoyable enough film. Acting on the online phenomenon that is online gaming and as an online gamer I enjoyed seeing the ridiculousness of people taking games serious in a movie form. I also think that since there isn't any action stars really left, this film was trying to offer a new action star in Gerard Butler who I must admit, do like as an actor and no, not just because I'm Scottish! Honest! It's an enjoyable film and it was in the same sort of genre as Crank in my eyes... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by mymatebone at 14:25, 08 May 2010 | Report This Post


Good premise is followed by bad filmmaking

Gamer has a rather delicious premise which can really bring a few good themes on the discussion table, but the Neveldine/Taylor team of the Crank movies is more concerned with delivering mindless violence and sex to its viewers. Acting is so-so and jut gets the job done, while the script, as previously stated, focuses more on bullets and explosions than on the themes it initially presents. The directing is - how shall I put it? - rough, and suits what is presented on the screen perfectly, albei... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by djphilips at 20:37, 08 April 2010 | Report This Post


Utter ARSE

God this film was so, uttelry terrible - how the hell it got 3 stars is beyond me. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Jan Solo at 12:16, 02 April 2010 | Report This Post


Good Fun

This film definitely has flaws. But as the same as the Crank films I just went with it and in doing so it becomes perfectly enjoyable. If your a big gamer then surely you could chuckle and appreciate little things within the film that reflects popular games to date. One good moment was one of the convicts tea bagging another dead one! Who hasn't done that while playing online? The unique style seperates the film from others of its kind and is definitely better than Surogates which came out at th... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Shaunyboy27 at 14:32, 16 October 2009 | Report This Post


I didn't make it past the first fifteen minutes of this film, which relies on flashy editing aswell as unesseccary effects to try and convey mood and in the process completely neglects character development and plot. It's just plain odd and seems more like a protracted mtv music video then a film. Watch running man instead. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Smootle at 20:05, 08 October 2009 | Report This Post


Awful

Truely bad film. How this got 3 stars is beyond me. It felt like it was written and directed by a couple of fourteen year olds acting out their pubescent wank fantasies. Awful dialogue, completely bland cardboard cut-out clichéd characters and even the action scenes were unimaginative and dull. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by HIM at 07:48, 04 October 2009 | Report This Post


Gamer

As a gamer I liked it, I knew what to expect to a certain degree i.e from the makers of Crank, just an enjoyable bit of ultra violent nonsense. I think it was certainly more effective movie than Surrogates, funny how they both used the fat man using a female avatar to pick up guys thing as well. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by durelius at 20:40, 02 October 2009 | Report This Post


RE: An enjoyable action movie

This film deserves one star, because there was a hint of a very powerful and thought provoking movie on offer here but an absolute waste of potential (i.e. where society is actually going or is, receding compassion and instant gratification).  The film is just terrible. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by kjudge6 at 07:27, 28 September 2009 | Report This Post


An enjoyable action movie

It's a cool film with some amazing action sequences such as the shoot-outs and Kable's fist fight wih Castle's henchmen. A bit more nudity then nessessary but thats what makes Gamer funny as well. An action movie the requires no thinking, just enjoyment. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Alien Hunter at 12:58, 27 September 2009 | Report This Post


Thought this was crap, but enjoyable crap none the less. Being a girly, I did get a bit bored of ladies getting their dirty pillows out but I thought this was fun in a supremely crap kinda way. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Lazy wolf eyes at 18:03, 25 September 2009 | Report This Post


Gamer

total shite!!! ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by moviemaniac2 at 21:05, 24 September 2009 | Report This Post


Gamer

total shite!!! ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by moviemaniac2 at 21:05, 24 September 2009 | Report This Post


Game Over.......Thank God !!!!.....

Just came back from the Cinema today, after watching " Gamer "....and to be honest, I wish I hadn't bothered, its a bit of a mess all round, and downright stupid at times. There is a good storyline in there somewhere, its just VERY difficult to know whats going on at times. Couple of Boys in front of us thought it was the best " Gamiing " Film they had seen though, as we overheard them on the way out !!!!!!........ ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by n13roy at 19:39, 23 September 2009 | Report This Post


More user comments

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Gamescom 2014: The 10 Most Exciting Games
Zombies! Guns! Tombs! Sheep! Watch the trailers right here...

Who Is Mack Bolan? Your Guide To Cinema's New Action Man
As Bradley Cooper lines up to star as the hero, here's your handy guide to his story so far

Classic Feature: Empire Meets Uwe Boll
'I'm probably the most hated director in the world right now.'

Film Studies 101: A Film Buff's Guide To Movie Movements
Everything you need to know about cinema's key groups

The 100 Greatest Games Of All Time
You voted, we counted, and here they are: beat-'em-ups, shoot-'em-ups, RPGs, JRPGs, MMORPGs, RTSs, first-person shooters, platformers, sims and much more!

Lists Of Our Lifetime: Empire's 25 Greatest Battles
From smalltime scraps to epic struggles, these are the conflicts that have stunned cinema since 1989

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)