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GAMER: my reaction

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ATTENTION SPOILERS!

I saw GAMER tonight (it already opened in Greece) and I would like to share some feelings and thoughts with fellow GALS. Here we go:

First of all, the theatre was almost full which is a good thing because I went to an early evening performance which normally gets fewer people in Greece. We prefer later shows. Demographics were mixed: mainly teenage boys and adult geeky gamers. However there were also groups of ladies, some ladies on their own and some young couples (which most of them we saw making out under the moonlit sky once we got out of the theatre so this confirms my view that taking your girlfriend to a Gerry movie is a great way for a guy to ensure that he is going to get "lucky"; same thing happened at TUT both in Scotland and London :-) ). Just to help you understand how good a sign the amount of people in the theatre was, bear in mind that in Greece it is still very warm, schools have not started yet and normally people do not like to go to closed spaces like a movie theatre so early in the autumn.

The film now: I have been very worried on how to put my feelings in a delicate way. I will try, moderators feel free to edit.

Gerry is very good as one might expect and frankly he saves the film. This is not just my opinion but that of two girlfriends who I have successfully butlerised in the last month, mainly through showing them a series of recent Gerry interviews where they appreciated his charisma, charm, humour and wit. An interview appearing in a large circulation magazine last Sunday here in Greece has also done wonders for his image here in Greece (I will translate and post over the weekend).

The film is basically what we have seen in the various trailers and behind the scenes footage. Lots of explosions and running and endless violence. This is a good thing for this type of movie of course. The fact that a lot of shooting was done with a handheld camera by Mark Neveldine on his skates gives you a very honest feel of the action, almost as if you were part of it. In the fighting scenes Gerry is at the top of his game, he completely nails them. You can tell there were boys with big toys and they were all having lots of fun, although it must have been very taxing especially for Gerry. Having said that, seeing how hard Gerry has worked for this film and how much he tries to deliver his character, you cannot help but feel disappointed at the fact that the directors failed, in my humble opinion, to really take this film off the ground and to the stars where there was every possibily it could go. It seems at times that at the back of their mind they only saw Gerard Butler/Kable as a kick arse character (which he is and portrays to perfection) but does not cross their mind to give him the possibility to showcase his acting abilities and develop his character the way one would expect, given the fact that they claim they wanted to go deeper and darker with this film. As one reviewer mentioned, they don't give Kable much emotional content and leave Gerry very little to work with, although he does try to take every advantage of the few opportuinities he is given. Those rare moments where we are allowed to see Kable's emotional torture, Gerry is excellent and only leaves you with the bittersweet taste of wanting for more, of wishing that the directors had made better use of the talent that was available to them. Quite frankly, they showcase Castle's character much more and allow Michael C.Hall for much more room for actual acting perfromance which is really unfair to Gerry's potential.

Furthermore, the idea behind the storyline does provide ground to keep us all at the edge of our seat for most of the time. I'm afraid the directors once again could have done better to provide us with more intensity regarding putting Kable in dangerous situations, especially when dealing with other Slayers that are meant to put him off the game. Blowing things up and running becomes too predicatble at one point.

Just to clarify one thing: I do understand this is an action film and do not expect Oscar winning performances. However 300 was also an action film but Zack Snyder utilised Gerry at the maximum brought the best out of hims and also managed to produce visual poetry and have everyone at the edge of their seat out of a very simple story line.

Having said that, on the whole it is a film that's enjoyable but what sets it apart is Gerry's presence; his intensity and the way he fills the big screen is the first thing that strikes you once the film starts. Had it been any other actor, the film would have suffered big time. As I said, he literally saves it. Of course, all this analysis comes from a woman who maybe thinks too much and, more importantly, knows (an any GAL) what Gerry is capable of. My prediction is that teenage and male audiences will not go into that direction, so they will take this as a kick arse action film, love the explosions and the chasing and fill the theatres. The film should do well.

From a GAL point of view, and to lighten things up a bit, there are a couple more "personal" Gerry moments that are revealed to us. First we had the camel shagging, then the awkward orgasm at Rock'n'rolla and now we have Gerry vomittinf and peeing, but it is for a good cause: he needs fuel to get a truck running in order to escape. :-) Also there are a couple of flash backs where Kable thinks of happier times with wife and daughter which are absolutely adorable. Unfortunately you must not blink or you will miss them. Maybe we will get more on the DVD. I also liked one scene (also from Kable's past) where the actor is shaven and it was a pleasant surprise; I had almost forgotten how kissable and pinchable Gerry's cheeks can be! :-)

I would be very interested to see if other people agree on my take once you have seen the film. I am also open to be pursuaded otherwise. I will go and see the film again in the hope to find more positive aspects.

Theresa

P.S. Maybe it's time Gerry starts directing his own films, he certainly has the brains and the passion for it.

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Thanks for your view on the movie.. I am going tomorrow as it is released here on 9/4.. I knew he would be great. He always is.. Any movie is worth watching just to see his magnificance presence on the screen. He is truly one of a kind.. I will chat back tomorrow night on my view.. :yummy:

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Thank you Theresa, I have been trying to get excited about this film because it is not my kind of movie, but now you have peaked my interest. I will be going tomorrow as I always see Gerry's movies opening day. :kable:

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Thanks so much for posting your impressions of the film. I am not surprise by anything you

have said, and honestly, it sounds pretty much like what I expected from the movie. We

always know that whatever film that Gerry chooses, he will give an A+ performance.

As for his directing--I bet he will do that someday. He as already said he loves the creative

input he has when producing a film, and I think he will try his had at directing.

Just a few more hours and I will be in the theater watching GAMER for myself!!

Judy

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I wanted to add, that in this genre of movie, it is very common for the villain to be more developed and more interesting than the hero. If I do decide to see GAMER, I will go into it NOT expecting Gerry's Kable to be anything more than an iconic man of action.

He says he only took the role after the directors convinced him that the story had some depth, but I'm not expecting to see that on the screen.

Swannie

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Well I’m going to see Gamer, despite the fact I hated Crank, thought it was unwatchable, and the directors strike me as a pair of low rent Quentin Tarantino’s and I don’t like Quentin Tarantino at all. But I am going even though I would rather see Extract, which is more my cup of tea and I’m going to support Gerry. See what you’ve done to me Mr. Butler?(shakes fist to the heavens!) I didn’t go see 300 because I so hated Frank Miller’s and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City. But when I finally did see 300 I realized that Zack Synder did a terrific job and Gerry was marvelous. So maybe I’ll be surprised and like Gamer. If not I will be happy knowing Gerry earned a nice paycheck and will look forward to Law Abiding Citizen which is my kind of movie, I love thrillers!

I don’t know if I see Gerry as a director, he has said he is too disorganized to direct, but I can see him writing a screenplay, he’s a natural born storyteller and I think he’s a bit of poet as well.

Edited by Rubee815

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ATTENTION SPOILERS!

24 hours after seeing the movie and given my initial mixed review posted yesterday, I thought I should add some positive points that stayed with me:

1. Great cinematography

2. Great marriage between visual and soundtrack / music score; especially the cover version of Eurithmics' Sweet Dreams

3. One of the best choreographed man-to-man fights with Kable against Castle's men; Kable rules of course, this is definitely a scene I will play and play again on the DVD

4. Gerry looking his best in dark jeans, black T-shirt and black coat down to his knees towards the end! I wish he dressed like that in real life too. :-)

Theresa

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I saw the movie in the early afternoon showing today, not many people, about 20. Only three women of various age, a few not very young men, and the rest was young men (6 of them in a group and very apparently came from the school). I had seen trailers several times, without them it would have been kind of difficult to follow what it was about. I think that at its best the movie was in the end (maybe about the last 15 or so minutes). Gerard was good, he did what was possible for him to do in that role. I think that Michael C. Hall had a too big role, and I was not impressed with his acting, the same applies to another male actor whose name I don´t know (bad looking teeth).

I was kind of entertained, did not wait for the movie to end or find the seat too hard to sit on, so it was not a bad or boring movie, I would say. At least here in Finland the movies are always way too loud to my ears, fortunately I had brought a pair of earplugs along, which were exactly right for the purpose and I was still able to enjoy music and the voices of the actors.

I will definetely buy the DVD as soon as it becomes available, want to watch the end again...

Edited by Skatingfan03

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I have just returned from seeing "Gamer" and I thought it was loud and very strange....violent and quite bizarre The only thing this movie had going for it was Gerry....He looked huge and powerful. I have no desire to see it again, and that is dissapointing to me. :hmm:

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Hey gals,

Here's my thoughts on Gamer! Gerry was :heat::thud: as always!! The man knows how to handle a gun :heat: I thought his face and eyes told so much about his character! I adored a scene with his little girl! It tugged at my heart strings!!

I'll definitely go again!! Oh and I swear at times his facial expressions reminded me of King Leo :lol:

:hugs:

April

Edited by SouthernGirl28

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good you enjoyed it so much. I wasnt as impressed but to each his own. Best line in the whole movie though was only 4 letters long. "oops" cracked everyone in the theater up lol. Gerry did a great job with what he was given but i really thought the whole story lacked development and missed an opportunity. The action was great if a bit predictable. And finally, those mans extremities took over every scene they were in.

that is all. :lol:

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We liked the "oops" too! I agree that Gerry did a great job with what he was given to do. He owned every scene he was in. But the story was not well developed and I feel that detracted from the movie. But I too will go again just to see Gerry...and his "washing up" scene especially!

Suzie

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good you enjoyed it so much. I wasnt as impressed but to each his own. Best line in the whole movie though was only 4 letters long. "oops" cracked everyone in the theater up lol. Gerry did a great job with what he was given but i really thought the whole story lacked development and missed an opportunity. The action was great if a bit predictable. And finally, those mans extremities took over every scene they were in.

that is all. :lol:

I was not impressed with this film either.

MareksLadyD... I concur with your thoughts on this. I could not say it better.

I am looking forward to LAC!

:erik: Erik's Ebony Eyes :phantom:

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Where was the Oops?

My favorite line was when Kable was in the cell talking to the girl from Humanz (the second time), and he says "I need you to get me something," and when she asks what, he replies "drunk." I thought that was hilarious, but I was like the only one in the theatre who laughed!

I thought there were some really awesome scenes in Gamer. I like action, so any of the scenes from the game were pretty cool, but in particular the sequence of his escape. Also, in the beginning when he's blown out the window and onto the car. I took special note of that because I know that's how Gerry injured himself on the film! I also thought that the scene in Castle's house where he's singing "Under My Skin" was REALLY neat.

Steph

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I agree Stephanie!!!

I loved the scenes with his wife and daughter!

"Are you my daddy Tillman?" His response: "I'm your daddy" :love:

Some scenes I was "whoa"!!! He seemed so close to thos explosions!!!

:hugs:

April

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All the guys need is action. I don't think they care about plot or dialogue which would explain the second Transformers movie. I think he'll have a hit on this movie.

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IMHO:

In all honesty, I didn’t like Gamer that much. Although Taylor & Neveldine were innovative they for the most part failed to inject any humanity into the movie at all. In fact their rather hipster herky jerky filming style distract from the story and make it very difficult to relate to any of the characters. It’s style with zero substance. That being said the move does pick up in the second half when Kable finally escapes the game and employs a rather unique method to fuel the SUV he steals. That was my first laugh. Gerry is quite good; he gets some breathing room in the second half of the movie and injects some much needed humanity into the proceedings. Trying to find his wife and child he makes you care about his quest. The Society game was gratuitous, Kable’s wife forced to prostitute herself in every sense of the word, those sequences bordered on the pornographic. And the audience is never allowed to really register the emotional implications of all this, it’s just made to look sexy.

Michael C Hall was to put it mildly a trip. Swanning through his role like he’s in a third rate Tennessee Williams play he goes way over the top, but at times is funny. I was the only one in the theater who laughed at the song and dance number near the end.

I can see why Gerry wanted to do the movie but unfortunately the way the directors distanced themselves from the human elements of the story did not allow them to fully utilize Gerry strengths as an actor. And the movie is a bit of homage to Blade Runner but with out the emotional texture and emotions of Blade Runner.

So I won’t go back a second time or buy the DVD. (I might rent the DVD to see extras) Gerry does look great. Sexy, used up and wise all at once, he rises above the material.

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All the guys need is action. I don't think they care about plot or dialogue which would explain the second Transformers movie. I think he'll have a hit on this movie.

Awww... ouch. I don't think that all guys need is action, but I'd say a handful of good action scenes makes up for a deficiency in the other areas for many guys.

Steph

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I went to see Gamer last night and really liked it!

I have read other peoples reviews and, while I agree that it could have used a little more humanity, found it very fun and entertaining. I think this is the kind of movie where you check your brain at the door and just take it at face value...just a fun, kick arse movie with lots of action under incredible circumstances. This is true of Neveldine and Taylor's other "masterpieces" (I use that term very loosely!!!) Crank and Crank 2. I think the brilliance of the two directors is not in the story that they wrote or the characters they developed, but in the concept that they came up with and the technical side of the film....the camera shots, the CGI, the explosions/movie magic and the virtual world they create. Yes, it is fantastical. Yes, it is action packed. Yes, it is gory, but if you have seen some of the video games that are out on the market today, it is no different. It is like a video game put on the big screen. IMHO, that is the true intention of the film...life imitating art and vise versa.

I think that one thing we all do agree on is that Gerry TOTALLY rocked those jeans! He looked great in this movie!

Well, I enjoyed it! Call it a guilty pleasure! It was a fun ride! Now starts the count down to LAC!!!

Raz

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So far I have yet to watch a Gerry movie I disliked. I have not seen some of his older stuff. I loved some of the movies that others disliked. So I will have to wait until I saw it.

Love,

Tracy :wave:

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Here goes ... first of all Gerry, of course, was superb and, naturally, gorgeous, as John (I will no longer refer to him as Kable). I agree that Gerry did great with what he was given. The action was good, but I have to say that the jumpy filming was a little jarring. I don't normally enjoy that type of filming.

I liked the kid who played Simon. I thought Amber Valetta did a good job, too. I thought she and Gerry did a GREAT job of showing that they were doing things against their will. Their faces and eyes expressed the anguish they felt. I really liked that.

The rest was just ok. Yes, predictable, and the ending was just okay for me. I honestly thought the little girl was too dry and seemed almost not even into it. I don't know, she was just weird to me.

I will see it one more time before I decide if I "like" it or not. We'll see .... of course when it's on DVD it'll be in the collection.

Edited by phoenixgirl

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Oh I think I found the thread we're allowed to discuss the movie in... :lol:

I posted in the siggy piggy thread...but I'll post here too.

I went to see Gamer too. I'm not sure whether I liked it or not :unsure: some parts were better then others, some scenes were just too busy for me. I was getting nauseous and my eyes hurt looking at it for too long! lol I may have to see it again.

It was a little hard for me to follow though. The story didn't seem to flow right (I mean I knew the storyline bc I read a bunch of articles and saw a bunch of videos about it before hand) but someone who hasn't read anything...may find it difficult to follow. (Like my sister...she kept asking me throughout the movie..."what the heck is going on right now"...)

The graphics and camera work was RIDICULOUS though!! That's one thing that I really noticed...Gerry's scenes were the best ones as well (I swear Im not saying that bc its Gerry! :lol: I promise! He really did have the best scenes)

Someone mentioned the ending...I won't give it away, but I thought the ending was a little abrupt for me.

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I have another complaint ... MAJOR SPOILER .....

I HATED the stupid "dance" scene. I understand it was supposed to show the insanity of Castle, but it took me out of the movie. I lost interest there, and even watching Gerry kick arse wasn't as enjoyable. I think this is why the ending was a letdown.

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