After the success of 300, Gerard Butler seemed like he was on tap to be every guy’s favorite leading man. The butch actor that all the girls want to have dress up as Leonidas in private, and that all the fellas want to have a beer with and/or do a bit of body-and-personality-swapping. But then he showed up in the skippable forced tearjerker P.S., I Love You, and the good will slowly began to unravel. Soon, news came that he’d taken a leading man role in another, even worse-sounding girl-pleaser, this summer’s The Ugly Truth (with Katherine Heigl, who I’ll forever say only looks good in Knocked Up, nothing else), and whatever guy-friendly clout that 300 awarded him became an arrow-stricken corpse like Leonidas. And then Jason Statham totally strongarmed that “every guy’s favorite leading man” position, to boot.
Last year’s enjoyably convoluted crime orgy Rock N Rolla was the first injection of life into Butler’s stiff career trajectory. The true chance at redemption, however, will come this September in Gamer, the first non-Crank effort from the insane, rapid-fire minds of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. As evidenced by its wam-bam new trailer, Gamer has the potential to give the fellas another dose of badass testosterone (Trailer after the jump).
After several release date shifts, it looks like we’ll finally see this on September 4. Whether those repeat pushbacks should be taken as red flags or not is anybody’s guess, though. The positive: Gamer looks like every X-Box Live player’s most sadistic dream (or nightmare, depending) come true. “Gamers” control living, breathing people in real life, blood-and-guts-spewing fights and shoot-outs, all overseen by one of those slimy movie masterminds (here played by Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall). Plenty of explosions, gritty style, bullet spray, and wanton violence. The Running Man crossed with some Escape from New York. Good escapist times feel almost guaranteed.
This will either kick ass or cause disappointing migraines. September 4 is when we’ll find out for sure: