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action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

Set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online gaming environments, a star player (Butler) from a game called "Slayers" looks to regain his independence while taking down the game's mastermind (Hall).

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common sense

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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2 out of 5

Ultra-violent sci-fi action film aims to shock and offend.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this mediocre action movie is full of frenetic violence, quick-cut nudity and sexual material, strong language (including lots of uses of "f--k"), and plenty of gore (shootings, stabbings, and more). There's also a general feeling that, just as in their prior Crank and Crank: High Voltage, the filmmakers seem to get great pleasure from trying to offend audiences with this kind of nonstop sexual material, nudity, and violence.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about some of the tricky questions that often surround video gaming: Is the high-tech simulation of violence a way to blow off steam or a dangerously desensitizing process?
  • Why do so many people respond so strongly to the idea of living a second, different life through computer technology?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: a big, loud mess that loses its few good ideas in a morass of convoluted storytelling that it has, sadly, confused with stylish innovation

- Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Neveldine and Taylor simply spray their venom across the screen with little vision, once again making a friendly trip to the multiplex feel like undeserved torture.

- Brian Orndorf,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor were responsible for the delirious Crank and Crank 2 but left the magic behind.

- Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Much better than i expected. good action, lots of killing but def think something was left on the editing room floor. Parts of this movie just seemed very disjointed.

- jmanard52, Wednesday, February 3, 2010

3 stars

I liked it. It's not a good movie but I was entertained. This isn't as good as the crank movies though. This movie was also really wired but not really in a good way. I had fun watching it but this definitely isn't for everyone. Grade: B-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Saturday, November 6, 2010

3 stars

Such a goofy action movie. It reminds me of Death Race 2000 and The Running Man, only with a huge video game influence thrown in. The parallels to The Sims and first person shooters are really interesting and I wish that criticism would've set in a bit more. The look of the movie was perfect for what they were going for, it felt like the virtual reality from hell. While some of it is just a little bit too much to swallow at times, this is undoubtedly fun.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, October 28, 2010