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Actors: Edward Tudor-Pole, Jamie Honeybourne, Ross Finbow, James Young, Danielle Stewart
Director: Robbie Fraser
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Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 01/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Synopsis: Ralph (Ross Finbow) is your classic, highly intelligent but socially awkward nerd just finishing his last day of work as a box boy at the local supermarket. His life hasn't been as happy as it could be, his parents are dead, he lives with his Grandmother and he's frequently harassed on the streets of Glasgow by a group of locals who have nothing better to do. It's only when alone in his bedroom that he finds solitude and escape from this mundane existence, for it is there that he becomes "Game Master" of his own realm.
Ralph's world is about to broaden for he has been granted a scholarship to the University of Scotland. Immediately upon arrival he expands his gaming skills with a new group of misfit fantasy addicts; Davy (Johnny Austin), Hank (Ross Sutherland) and the attractive, elfish Marlyn (Danielle Stewart). When Lennie (James Young), an old childhood acquaintance and adversary, is unexpectedly added to the groups on-going game the fun and fantasy take on more serious concerns.
`Gamerz' released in '06 is a marvelous and unexpectedly enchanting film. Who would have thought that a small budget Scottish production featuring a cast of young unknowns could deliver such a satisfying cinematic experience. Written and directed by Robbie Fraser (whoever that is), the film reaches far beyond the bounds of Scotland and touches upon universal themes and feelings that we can all relate to. I extend my congratulations to Mr. Fraser for a job well done. The production values are inventive (especially the fantasy, role-playing sequences) the cast believable and likeable and the Indie soundtrack is delightfully quirky. The only problem with this movie is the thick Scottish accent of some of the actors (James Young in particular) that make it difficult to understand. That may be a slight drawback, but it's also an integral part of the unique enduring ambience of the film.
This is a film that will definitely become a cult classic for those who have ever enjoyed fantasy role playing games. But make no mistake, this movie is also a captivating "coming of age" film that should attract a larger audience of "non-nerds" as well. Before the movies over you'll be so caught up in the fantasy you'll be asking the same question as gamer Davy, "What is the difference between a Gnome and a Troll?"
My Highest Recommendation!"
If you're an '80 D&Der
Vince Caruso | 12/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you played D&D in the '80 (not the computer stuff of the 90's, but the REAL game) then you'll definitely love this movie. Killer DM's and nerds - with a cute elf thrown it.
The only down side to the movie is some jittery camera work from time to time - not sure what that was about. I was afraid it was going to be very cheesy, but it had me laughing as well as a couple "wow, I didn't see that coming" moments. On the whole - very cool movie."
Not what I expected
BraveSirPatrick | Belcamp, MD United States | 05/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I picked this off the shelf at Blockbuster expecting it to be a "mockumentary" similar to ones that seem to be surfacing more frequently now. I was surprised to find out, not only was this a serious film, but it was filmed in Scotland (guess it helps if you read the box?!?)
The previous reviewer was right about the think accents (I am lucky my wife does not have as difficult a time as I do and will translate) but I was able to make out most of the dialog after acclimating myself to it a short way in. At times it was predictable and seemed to drag, but the climax was sastisfactory enough and not exactly what I expected.
The production was much better than I estimated for a film of this genre, although nothing exactly wowed me neither was I laughing at cheesy CGI effects better left to the viewer's imagination. The dialog my brian allowed me to make out was well written and delivered convincingly.
Ross Finbow and Jame Young both did a superb job with their roles. The writer/director, Robbie Fraser, has crafted an impressive film. I look forward to seeing more from him with broader appeal."
Great heartfelt romp
Monsieur Bienvenue | LA, CA | 03/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Found this title at Blockbuster and was happily taken aback by this comedy from Scotland. Quirky lead character is a classic role-playing fan, and has a face that could be seen in dungeons and castles of the middle ages, yet surprisingly sincere and charismatic acting. For a small film, has surprisingly cool special effects - a rotoscoping technique they developed - that comes into play every time the characters delve into the role-playing world. Know this since the DVD has some extra features on the making of the film. Also, some funny deleted scenes. Definite recommend."