- 1 hr 35 min
Gamer is a film that takes place in a Dystopian future that asks questions about free will, and just how far people will go for entertainment. Like a combination of The Running Man and Johnny Mneumonic, the film asks disturbing questions while taking viewers on an adrenaline and gunpowder fueled thrill ride. In the world of tomorrow online gaming has reached a new high, or low, in the form of Society. Volunteers are implanted with a specific kind of cell that lets players take full control of them like a living, breathing online simulation. This entertainment comes with hard and fast rules though, about what can and can't be done. That's why the next generation of entertainment was created: Slayers. Slayers uses the same technology, but it gives games control over death row inmates who fight it out to the death. Winner of a certain number of conflicts is set free, and John "Kable" Tillman is rapidly approaching that goal. His player, enjoying the celebrity that comes with piloting the most feared killer in the arena, is willing to do anything to stay on top, even as Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall), the creator of these games, will do anything to keep him in the system, or better, in a body bag. This is where an activist group called Humanz intervenes, speaking with Simon, Tillman's player. They suggest that it's possible to let Tillman fight on his own, and as a trained military operative, there would be no lag. Tillman instead escapes from the game zone, looking for his wife. Castle takes a direct hand, holding Tillman's daughter as a bargaining chip unless he comes to face down the creator of the games. The reveal is that Castle is planning a coup, infecting the world with the cells that allow him to control what people think and what they do. Tillman though, plants and idea in Castle's head, and kills him, bringing his plans of world domination to a final and messy close before they really got going.