Who knows where sweet dreams come from, or what exactly they are made of. What we do know is that the sweetest of dreams for writer/director tandem Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor — the guys behind the Crank franchise — all consist of intense camera work, big explosions and gun fire, lots of gunfire. So it seems fitting that the music behind their latest trailer for the Gerard Butler led actioner Gamer is Marilyn Manson’s cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams.” What is also fitting is that the lyrics of the song are employed perfectly to enhance the nature of the plot, in which death row convicts are made into pawns in a massive, real scale video game environment.
As you will see below, the first trailer packs some intensity and for the most part, it works in much the same way that all of the Neveldine/Taylor joints work — lots of action, not a lot of story and a few ridiculous characters. One character that seems a little out of place is that of Michael C. Hall (Dexter). This trailer marks the first time we’ve seen anything about his role as the man behind this sick and twisted gaming world. His accent sounds a little off and his character seems a little overblown, but then again we’re only seeing a few moments. Hall is the kind of quality actor who might be able to make it work. But we’ll see.
Check out the first Gamer trailer below. The film, which stars Butler, Hall, Ludacris, Alison Lohman, John Leguizamo and Kyra Sedgwick, hits theaters on September 4, 2009.