Mini Reviews: Recent Movies – Gamer and Zombieland

Hey all…

Thought I’d catch up on a few of the movies I’ve seen recently but haven’t had a chance to write up a full review of yet…

Gamer

Gamer PosterI saw Gamer a few weeks ago, starring Gerard Butler (300, Phantom of the Opera) as virtual hero Kable and Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under, Dexter) as Ken Castle, creator of the game. Created by the same sick, twisted, and brilliant minds who did Crank, Gamer is an interesting cyberpunk world mixing the worlds of cybernetic implants and virtual worlds to portray a brilliant and disturbing scenario where real people can slip into the minds and bodies of other real people – and use them as avatars in huge online games.

Butler is always a joy to watch, but I have to admit I haven’t seen any of Dexter, so I honestly had no idea how warped Hall could be. His portrayal of an evil Bill Gates has to have been the best movie villain I’ve seen in forever. He had the moves, the lines, and the attitude that sold me hook, line, and sinker.

I give this one a solid 3.5 out of 4 stars ([rating:3.5/4]). It will definitely be one I pick up when it’s on DVD. Not for everybody and definitely not for kiddies (sex and language mostly, but some seriously sick situations as well). And if you get motion sickness from shaky-cam – I’d avoid it. But I really liked it. I can’t wait to see what Neveldine and Taylor come up with next!

Zombieland

Zombieland PosterOk, I have to say that I’m a huge fan of Shaun of the Dead, so when I saw the initial press for Zombieland, I wasn’t holding my breath. Starring Woody Harrelson as Zombie-killer at large Tallahasee and Jesse Eisenberg as college student Columbus, this wasn’t what I was expecting. And I have to say I really enjoyed it. This Zombedy (or is it a Comabie?) is a road movie the likes of which I can’t say I’ve ever seen.

Columbus wants to get home to his family in Ohio and Tallahassee simply wants to kill zombies and find a Twinkie. Along the way they meet con artists Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) and head to a zombie-free amusement park in California.

Be sure to watch for all of Columbus’ rules – there are 32 or 33 of them and they’re all hilarious. Definitely things to keep in mind when our own zombie apocalypse comes to pass. 🙂

If you like zombies and comedy, then Zombieland is for you. I think it will fit beautifully next to Shaun of the Dead in my DVD collection when it comes out! I give it a solid 3 out of 4 ([rating:3/4]).

So there you have it… A couple of quick reviews. Both were fun in very different ways, but were high on body count and had lots of destruction!

Let me know what you thought of them!

–Fitz

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