While glazed over with gratuitous amounts of gore, brutality, and overt sexuality, the 2009 science fiction film Gamer’s surface-level thrills house a time capsule—a message from the past that is even more relevant now than it was over ten years ago when the movie was released.
Acting as the Chinese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Awards, this is the third installment of his action-packed film trilogy and based on the novel Xia Yin by author Zhang Beihai.
The old adage goes, “no pain, no gain,” but that can be a problem when it’s impossible for you to feel any sort of pain even after getting hurt. Vasan Bala’s Hindi action comedy is blatant in its title, as it follows protagonist Surya who has a rare condition which prohibits him from feeling physical pain.
Anecdotist by nature, film critic by choice. My favorite directors are Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Makoto Shinkai, and pre-2010 Tim Burton (but I’m partial to most movies with clever velociraptors and weird-looking cats).