Oleg Sentsov’s Gamer (Ukraine, 2012)

Reviewed Oleg Sentsov’s Gamer for KinoKultura. It’s a lovely and unusual film about gaming, or rather, about a gamer.

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“Both in the earlier films about video games and in post-cinematic films, the major events are all generated within the haptic and life-changing “gamespace,” whether we take David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ (1999) or Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s Gamer (2009). Sentsov, however, turns the game into a void around which the narrative evolves, and it is this void that holds the film together. The game does not affect Lyosha’s life directly: it does not change his views by means of some unpredicted encounter within the virtual. Unlike eXistenZ or Gamer, the virtual and the actual do not intersect here.” More here.