By John Mulderig
Source: Catholic News Service
The concept of simulation gaming is taken
to brutal and perverse extremes in the futuristic gladiator tale
Gerard Butler stars in a scene from the movie "Gamer."
Co-writers and directors Mark Neveldine
and Brian Taylor's dystopian mishmash sees wrongly convicted death-row inmate
Kable (Gerard Butler) bioengineered for remote control and fighting for his
life under the online direction of rich teen Simon (Logan Lerman) in an
all-too-real combat game that pits him against other condemned prisoners for
the amusement of a worldwide audience.
Kable hopes to win the 30 victories that,
under the rules, will result in his being freed. But Ken Castle (Michael C.
Hall), the evil genius who developed the competition, has other ideas.
In between the flying bodies and spurting
blood, viewers are given a sample of Castle's other popular amusement in which
people who have been similarly altered—including Kable's beloved wife Angie
(Amber Valletta)—act out players' sexual fantasies. The resulting flashes of
nudity and female-to-female interaction only add to the already obvious
message: game over.
The film contains constant action
violence, much of it gory, mutilation, brief graphic aberrant sexual activity,
upper female and rear nudity, a few uses of profanity, and much rough and crude
language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is
O—morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is
R—restricted, under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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Mulderig is on the staff of the Office
for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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