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The Gamechangers (2015)

The struggle of Houser's legal feud against American lawyer Jack Thompson, over the morality of the Grand Theft Auto video game series.

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Owen Harris

Writer:

James Wood
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Credited cast:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Sam Houser
Bill Paxton ... Jack Thompson
Ryan Gage ... Jounalist / Presenter / Crowd (voice)
Joe Dempsie ... Jamie King
Jay Benedict ... Reporter (voice)
Lex King ... Hillary Clinton's PA
Michelle Allen ... Kiera
Inge Beckmann ... Michelle Gerilikos
Alex McGregor ... Bridjet
Nick Boraine ... Doug Lowenstein
James Gracie ... Tom Masters (as James Alexander)
Lara Toselli ... Rockstar Woman (as Lara Adine Lipschitz)
Demetri Goritsas ... US Radio DJ (voice)
Christiaan Schoombie ... JP
Buffy Davis Buffy Davis ... US Police Dispatcher (voice)
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In the late 1990s middle class British brothers Sam and Dan Houser and two friends, all video game enthusiasts, devise a violent new game Grand Theft Auto, set in a fictionalized America and appearing to reward a car thief for murdering anybody who gets in the way of his crimes. In Britain the Police Federation brands it as sick and contemptible whilst politician Hillary Clinton accuses it of "stealing the innocence of our children." Most vocal of its critics is crusading Florida lawyer Jack Thompson who, in the wake of an Alabama teen-ager going on a killing spree and blaming the game, attempts to get it banned, bringing a court action against the Housers and their company Rockstar Games, now based in San Diego. However Thompson's public denunciation of the game is instrumental in determining the outcome of the court case. Written by don @ minifie-1

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In May 2015, Rockstar filed an injunction against the BBC, claiming that they hadn't been consulted in the making of the film. They even tweeted after the film's showing on BBC2 "Was Basil Brush busy? What exactly is this random, made-up bollocks?" See more »

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Devin Moore is misquoted. See more »

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Poor script & acting lets down a potentially interesting story
17 September 2015 | by rabbitmoonSee all my reviews

Stories about ideas are fun. Watching the evolution of an idea to success and the aftermath captures something exciting about being human and having the power to create and act. I think of Cobb in Inception, saying "what's the most resilient parasite? An idea". And of course, one of the best movies about ideas is David Fincher's The Social Network.

Unfortunately, the writer here is no Aaron Sorkin. The central conflict of the story is Houser vs Thompson in a debate that's not particularly explored in any meaningful way, nor concluded with any sense of satisfaction. It all just feels slight and phony, like it was made for 13 year olds.

Radcliffe looks like a college kid on work experience, and strangely looks better suited to Chris Morris's Four Lions than a game development studio. He just never seems to have the depth or confidence to really sell a character. The Rockstar staff don't talk like people who have grown and worked together, knowing each other implicitly - instead they stick to turgid dialogue word for word because the director obviously didn't give any room for the characters to breathe or flesh out.

Worst of all is how much it tries to emulate The Social Network. Shots of people tapping away on keyboards are given an electronic score that desperately wants to channel Trent Reznor's excellent score for TSN. The attempts to create an exciting atmosphere fall flat on their face though, because the script just isn't that interesting.

Its probably the best they could do with a small TV budget and a nervous, possibly inexperienced crew, but it would have benefited from finding its own voice rather than copying better films and trying to be better than it really is.


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2015 (UK) See more »

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Grand Theft Auto See more »

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Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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