Movie trailers really do influence my opinion of a movie, despite my best efforts to keep an open mind before sitting down to watch one. I'll never see Twilight or Lakeview Terrance because the trailers for those movies made them look cheap, hokey, and utterly predictable. On the other hand, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Eagle Eye tricked me into thinking I was going to see a good movie, or at least a decent one--both Shia Lebeouf films, so go figure.
So, when I see a trailer for Gamer, I wonder if I'll eventually rent--not a theater goer--a good movie with a fair bit of action mixed with satire towards the gaming culture, or a bad movie brimming with hackneyed cliches and cardboard characters.
At first glance, it looks like a budgeted version of better sci-fi action flicks from the '80s and '90s--Demolition Man and Robocop spring to mind. There's this vibe I get from the ads telling me the focus was on man-made special effects rather than plot or character development. Sure, most action flicks don't bother with such things, but the better ones do. The remake of Death Race came out last year, which looked bad in its own right, and Gamer looks to be worse.
Am I off base, though?
The guys who brought this movie to life are also responsible for the Crank series with Jason Statham, an action star I don't mind seeing half the time. I could be dismissing any merits this film has way too early, but it's not like the trailer is doing me any favors. I just see an ad for a film that looks to be one Gerard Butler got conned into making. Sorry, Ger, but you lost the bet, so go make Gamer.
And seeing Ludacris in the movie doesn't exactly inspire me to go see it, either. The last time I saw him on the screen was in a Law & Order: SVU episode, where he played a lawyer in unconvincing fashion. Then there was that horrendous racing flick, 2 Fast 2 Furious. Nope. I need to hear the masses push this one to the moon.
I'd say I'll reserve judgment until after it's done its time in the box office, but that's not a reliable gauge anymore. G.I. Joe won its opening weekend this summer, leaving me to wonder: Why?