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GAMER artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 94m 39s

Release date 04/09/2009

BBFCInsight Contains strong bloody violence and sexualised nudity

Genre(s) Action, Science Fiction, Thriller

Director(s) Mark Neveldine,Brian Taylor

Cast includes Gerard Butler, Zoe Bell, Alison Lohman, Milo Ventimiglia, John Leguizamo, Logan Lerman, Keith David, Amber Valletta, Kyra Sedgwick, Terry Crews, Aaron Yoo

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 25/08/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

GAMER is a futuristic action film in which a star video game character tries to free himself from the players and masterminds that control his world. The film was classified '18' for 'strong bloody violence and sexualised nudity'.

The film maintains a near relentless focus on gun violence, in the near realistic setting of urban shoot-outs and personalised fighting. There are strong moments of realistic and bloody violence, including the graphic sight of a man smashing another man's head with a rock several times, strong bloody detail of a character's head being blown off by a gunshot and a frequency of gun violence that challenges the '15' guidelines on violence. At '15', the violence guidelines state that violence should 'not dwell on the infliction of pain and injury'. These scenes contain enough detail to challenge the terms of the guidelines. The film's impact is also aggravated by the fact that it is the hero, with whom viewers will identify with, who is using violence as a means of resolving all disputes and challenges. The film is thus most suitable at the '18' classification for these issues.

The film also contains scenes of strong sexualised nudity. There a scene in which a teenage online user watches a hologram screen pop up in which two 'twin-like' blonde females lift their t-shirts to reveal bare breast nudity for his sexual pleasure. There is some focus on the sexualised nudity in this scene. There are also other brief, but strong images of female breast nudity, buttocks and some sexualised images in a kinky nightclub. All of these cumulatively suggest an '18' classification is the most suitable for the audience. The guidelines at '15' require that nudity in a sexual context may not be 'strong'.

The film also contains some brief images of performers swinging on hooks embedded into their skin, as part of a bizarre futuristic nightclub scene. There are two brief images of these performers and not enough focus to raise any concerns about imitation or safety in the film's context.

The film also contains strong language and sex references, all of which are suitable at the recommended '18' classification.


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