Skip to main content

GAMER!!!!!!!!

I mentioned in my review of Crank: High Voltage that the movie was a product of our video game saturated generation. It was just as spastic, flashy and loud as any of the latest games. Neveldine/Taylor (who directed the Crank movies) take it to the next step in Gamer, a movie about playing video games.

The only other movie I can think of that involves video games without actually being about a particular game is 1989's The Wizard (awesome side note: the main girl in that movie was Jenny Lewis, as in the indie musician Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, friggin' awesome), although I guess it was more of a promotional tool to promote Nintendo and Super Mario Bros. 3.

Anyhow, this is one of those movies that's more style over substance; dialogues are excuses to get to action scenes. The movie takes place in a distant future where in the most popular video games you get to control real life human beings... like Avatar! The most popular game is one called Slayers, where convicts are pitted against each other in a 3rd person shooter game. It's a bloody affair, but if you survive a certain number of rounds, you can earn your release. Kable (Gerard Butler) who happens to be the world's best avatar/convict/killer escapes the game and is on a mission to save his wife and take down Ken Castle, the mastermind behind Slayers. That's most of the story that I could remember and to be honest, I don't even know why they were doing half the shit they were doing as I was watching the movie... I was waiting for the next big explosion and I think that's the type of people these movies are geared towards... us knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers.

The style they take in this movie is almost exactly the same as Crank: High Voltage. It's hyper stylized, brightly coloured, with top to bottom explosions all filmed with the ever polarizing shaky cam. It's really love hate with this kind of style and I can certainly understand the hate. Basically, it's too hard to follow what's going on when action is filmed this way. But for me, I can forgive it as I like this visceral style of action; it makes me feel like I'm right there behind the action. But at the same time, the action is very generic. There's nothing memorable about any of the fight scenes (unlike the days of old when you could remember every scene in T2: Judgement Day). But the way they film the scenes in Slayers is interesting in that it captures the feel of a 3rd person shooter game like Gears of War or the upcoming Spec Ops.

The cast that they assembled for this movie is pretty amazing. You have Gerard Butler as the main lead, Michael C. Hall as the main baddie, and rounding out the cast are LUDACRIS (move bitch!), Alison Lohman (who ruled in my fav' movie of 2009), Kyra Sedgwick (who's married to the Woodsman), Keith Jardine, Milo Ventimiglia, John Leguizamo and the man with the best voice in the universe... Keith David (playing Agent KEITH)! I nearly pissed my pants when he walked onscreen, but it was too bad that he was only in one or two scenes.

I more or less enjoyed this as much as Crank 2. It's certainly dumb and certainly senseless, but on some afternoons, I just need something like this to turn my brain off to. It's out on DVD now and if you want plain old silly action, then a rent wouldn't hurt. Til next time, later geeks!

Comments

j-yeezy said…
Totally off topic, but Bobby Lashley won his Strikeforce debut against some 6'8 loser......pounded him!

Popular posts from this blog

R.I.P. Evan Tanner

The body of the professional fighter and former UFC champion, Evan Tanner, 37, was found in the Palo Verde mountain area of California on September 8th, 2008. He was found a few miles away from his campsite on foot, with no water, where the temperatures were around 110 degrees fahrenheit. The coroner's report listed the cause of death as from heat exposure.

Tanner left Oceanside, California on September 2nd. On September 4th, he sent a text message to a friend telling him that his motorcycle was out of gas, that he was out of water, and if his friend didn't hear from him the next day, to call the authorities. Unfortunately, Evan never returned home.

I'm not the hugest MMA fan, I consider myself a casual fan, and a n00b at best. I was listening to Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer Radio, and the story of Tanner's life sounded intriguing.

As fantastic as it sounds, Tanner ventured into the deserts in search of treasure and adventure. I kid you …

DTV Madness: Jack Brooks - M.S. and Gingerdead Man 2

Okay, honestly, I think this will be the last DTV post for a while. One man can only take so much shit. I'm only human, I have feelings too. These two movies pushed my limit. I'm going to be in DTV-detox for the next month or so.

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

I thought that with a title like this, it couldn't fail. I thought that with a poster like they had, it couldn't fail. Then I realized something... I failed. I failed in thinking that this movie had any hope.

I was expecting some fun horror, mixed with comedy in sort of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer kind of fashion with a bumbling hero and smart quips. I mean, with a title like Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, was I wrong in expecting a variety of monsters get slayed as the title suggests?

It didn't help much that the monsters looked uber cheesy. They looked like something right out of a Power Rangers episode. But to their credit, at least they stuck with practical make-up and effects rather than CG.

The movie its…

The Science of God

Not too long ago, two of my friends had posted their thoughts on evolution and creationism. Both friends shared similar sentiments on the topic (you can view Skylar's here and Keith's here). Coincidence or not, shortly before they made their postings, I purchased a book called The Science of God by Dr. Gerald Schroeder, which was based on the same topic. Unfortunately, at the time of my friend's postings, I had not finished the book, but now I have.

In The Science of God, Schroeder attempts to debunk the dichotomy that exists between science/evolution and creationism. He tries to show that there can exist a duality between the two and that discoveries in science actually prove the story of creation in the bible.

The book can be roughly divided into three categories that being the concepts of time, the second with the biology of evolution, and lastly the concept of free will.

In describing time, he focuses on the 6 days that are explained in the beginning of Genesis. Duri…