Don't Hate The Mind-Controlled Player, Hate The Game

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With Death Race hitting theaters, some new details have come out about the other movie about convicts battling on the Internet. Game, starring Gerard Butler, may have gotten delayed until next year, but co-star Ludacris (aka Chris Bridges) is already comparing it to the classic Running Man. Click through to find out more about the movie's non-car-related death-match storyline, and the "renaissance man" that Bridges plays in the movie. In an interview with Bridges, the L.A. Times got a somewhat more coherent synopsis than we've seen before:

Gerard Butler ("300") plays Kable, a death-row convict who is plucked from his cell and dropped into the rock-'em, sock-'em combat. He's proves so adept at carnage that he becomes a pop-culture star to the global audience watching the grisly game unfold. Bridges plays a character nicknamed Humanz who is not a fan; he's part of a resistance effort that sees the game as an ethical affront and have a plan to use Kable to bring down the entire game.

Dexter's Michael C. Hall plays the evil genius who created the game, and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) plays someone named Gina Parker Smith. (Weirdly, the article doesn't even mention Milo Ventimiglia's character, whom Ventimiglia has described as "Moonraker, silver grill, with a latex outfit making him look like a bumblebee. [Laughs.] With I think the perverse nature of...a teenage boy on speed." Sure, Milo, sure. Whatever you say.) Bridges' character is a "renaissance man" who gets upset that convicts like Kable are having chips put in their brains to control them. The "intense" Game comes from writer/director duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who created the insane Crank movies, so it'll probably be way more demented than Death Race, and possibly a lot better as well. [LA Times]

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I think it was Paul Fussell who wrote that no one should use "Renaissance man" to describe anybody less accomplished than Sir Philip Sidney or Pico della Mirandola.