Quick movie review: "Gamer"

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Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's new film Gamer is inventive. It's also an incoherent mess. The plot borrows heavily from Stephen King's story The Running Man with Gerard Butler (300) as Kable, a convict in the near-future who has enlisted to be part of a real-life video game in which he will be controlled by a gamer and forced to survive in huge battle situations while his brain is wired to the gamer's computer. The game is run by megalomaniac Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall from Dexter). Gamer includes the obligatory flying exploding car, the usual body-throwing explosions and there's even a musical number! The editing is so flashy it's practically seizure-inducing and the story so mind-numbing that the film could cause brain damage. 95 minutes.

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