We get it, Ricky Gervais -- you were very funny in The Office. But what have you done for us lately that wasn't annoying? We thought as much.
As an office full of Crank fans, we're psyched to see Gamer, the next project from Crank and Crank: High Voltage directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Maybe it's because it looks like it has a lot in common with the Cranks, as far as hyperkinetic action and video game iconography go, but it may also be that the plot reminds us of some of our favorite movies of the past. In Gamer, a convict named Kable is a remote-controlled soldier in a real-life video game, and he only needs to win three more games to win his freedom. Maybe it's on purpose, maybe it's just coincidence, but here are a few of the films that we think of whenever we watch the Gamer trailer.
In a world where prisons are overcrowded, and reality shows have gone too far, and men are made slaves for our amusement, and Michael C. Hall is extremely creepy... there are these two guys named Omar and Pablo who have a show where they talk about movie trailers. That show is called "Trailers Without Pity," and this week they're talking about the trailer for Gamer, starring Gerard Butler, Kyra Sedgwick and Michael C. Hall. In it, a kid is able to remote-control convict Butler through a kill-or-be-killed real-life video game, until Butler decides that he wants out to see his family. See what Omar and Pablo think of all this below, or click here!
If you thought Neveldine and Taylor's previous film outings, Crank and Crank High Voltage, were like live-action video games, Gamer takes it to the logical next step. Imagine the kinetic violence and sex of Crank combined with that Chappelle's Show sketch where Dave goes on the Internet, a nondescript mall where Ron Jeremy shows you his junk and people give you free illegal movies, and you start to get an idea of what this movie is like.