This film is another thirteen year old’s wet dream come true. Everywhere there are breasts, thongs, colorful wigs, and flirtatious women for hire. The entire film is essentially a CGI video game sprinkled with Gerard Butler’s amazingly cool character in each important scene. Ludacris plays the hero again. I am noticing a trend of the black characters playing the heroes while the white characters play the geeky villains. In late 2008 Chris Bridges (Ludacris) released a song promoting an Obama presidency. He specifically referenced the white man’s goal to suppress a black president. In the movie Gamer he calls the white video game controller (the Gamer) a "Honky". For the 2% of my readers who do not what that term means, it is an African American term countering the N word. It is essentially a racist term describing white people in a derogatory fashion. So, let’s come full circle. A black rapper tells white America they are a bunch of hypocritical racists and then calls a white actor a Honky. As Shakespeare wrote, "If courtesy is a turncoat, I am thus resolved."
As for the quality of the film, I watched it at a perfect moment in my life. Earlier in the day I visited an art museum. The exhibits were mostly cast-offs from more popular museums and donations from third rate artists desperately hoping to be noticed. Each piece of "artwork" which means any piece of garbage positioned to appear as art, presented a concept. In this case, mostly war, homosexual identity and AIDS. One exhibit seemed more provocative than any other. Although most of the D- paintings consisted of naked bodies, this exhibit was a work of the Minimalist movement which is a joke in and of itself. Minimalism infers the bare bones minimum, a skeletal version of an actual work of art. Maximizing space by showcasing the bare minimum. Essentially this is an excuse to be an untalented artist who has big dreams but zero talent. This one sentence captures the problem with the movie Gamer.
Gerard Butler is a talented actor and other than Bradley Cooper who is a royal loser, he is the hottest leading man in the business today. The film’s concept is interesting, an 18 year old kid controlling a death row inmate in a real firefight the bitter end; if the Gamer and the fighter win 30 victories together, the inmate will be set free. Filmographers seem to share a vision of the future as a morbid place in which death and disease are rampant. Hello??? Yes, can you hear me??? Disease and death are already rampant. Adding CGI does not make your film more futuristic, it makes it suitable for a 13 year old playing a video game. The film is essentially ruined before it begins which is a shame. Listen to your critics and user reviews around the internet. This film is a Milk Dud.
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