Owen Gleiberman
September 02, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Gamer

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
95 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/04/09
performer
Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Alison Lohman, Amber Valletta
director
Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, ActionAdventure

We gave it a D

In the fractious future of Gamer, videogames have ”gone human,” with real live blood-sport warriors controlled by geeks with joysticks. The sickest of these games is Slayers, in which death-row inmates kill each other off in a noisy orgy of skip-stutter editing and dirty-ash-spattered explosions. It’s The Dirty Dozen meets TRON, updated for the age of action incoherence. As the brutish Kable, Gerard Butler must find out who’s pulling his strings, but it’s the audience whose chain gets yanked by this headache-inducing techno-violent mishmash. D

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