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Gamer

By
John Mulderig
Source: Catholic News Service


Gerard Butler stars in a scene from the movie "Gamer."
The concept of simulation gaming is taken to brutal and perverse extremes in the futuristic gladiator tale "Gamer" (Lionsgate/Lakeshore).
 
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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