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In a future mind-controlling game, death row convicts are forced to battle in a 'Doom'-type environment. Convict Kable, controlled by Simon, a skilled teenage gamer, must survive thirty sessions in order to be set free. Or won't he?


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramsey Moore ...
Humanz Brother (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
Geek Leader
Dan Callahan ...
Backup Geek


Ken Castle is extremely rich, popular and powerful since he invented and started exploiting the virtual online parallel reality games, in which people can either pay as user or be paid as 'actor' in a system of mind-control. The ultimate version, Slayers, fields death row convicts as gladiators in a desperate dim bid for survival, which no-one made yet. The champion, John 'Kable' Tillman, was scheduled to die just before he'ld gain release, but he persuades his teenage 'handler' to hand over the rains so he can fully use his talents and experience. Thus Kable escapes to freedom, only to be chased illegally by Castle's men, yet fights back all the way to his HQ and challenges his evil hidden plans. Written by KGF Vissers

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In the near future, you don't live to play... you'll play to live. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for frenetic sequences of strong brutal violence throughout, sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 September 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Citizen Game  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,203,761 (USA) (4 September 2009)


$20,488,579 (USA) (2 October 2009)

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Did You Know?


One of the album covers shown in Simon's music library is Antithesis from a Kansas death metal band Origin. See more »


(at around 23 mins) In one scene, John gets some kind of brain bits in his face after a head gets blown off in front of him. A couple shots later, the bits are gone. See more »


Simon: What's the matter with you, Kable? Kill something!
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Features Tekken 2 (1995) See more »


Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart (as David Allan Stewart)
Performed by Marilyn Manson
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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You want action...You got action
23 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Was looking forward to seeing what the directors of Crank would do next and they didn't disappoint. Non-stop action from the very start with awesome camera work and a unique story line. This movie takes video gaming to the extreme and makes you wonder if there are any boundaries to what man will do to amuse themselves! Michael. C. Hall is a hoot to watch and the singing and dancing scene was hilarious and genius in a movie like this. It had the feel of the Matrix/Running Man and didn't take itself too seriously which is why I loved it. Also if you play video games you will enjoy the scenes in "Society" and the characters that are portrayed. This is without doubt a modern day action blockbuster with hints of the 80' and 90's classics. If you like action and something new go and see this you wont be disappointed!!

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