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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

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James Wood
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Credited cast:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Sam Houser
Bill Paxton ... Jack Thompson
Joe Dempsie ... Jamie King
Ryan Gage ... Jounalist / Presenter / Crowd (voice)
Lex King ... Hillary Clinton's PA
Jay Benedict ... Reporter (voice)
Nick Boraine ... Doug Lowenstein
Inge Beckmann ... Michelle Gerilikos
Alex McGregor ... Bridjet
Shelley Nicole ... Leader of Club dance crew
Michelle Allen ... Kiera
Ian Attard ... Dan Houser (as Ian Keir Attard)
Buffy Davis Buffy Davis ... US Police Dispatcher (voice)
Demetri Goritsas ... US Radio DJ (voice)
Nathan Lynn ... Californian Geek
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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2015 (UK) See more »

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Grand Theft Auto See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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The Liberty City map in Rockstar's office was actually for Grand Theft Auto IV, which was yet to be developed at the time. See more »

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References Last Tango (1997) See more »

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misinformative misrepresentative conservative dull
30 September 2015 | by kailomonkeySee all my reviews

This film is overtly right-wing and portrays Jack Thomson as a crusader for good despite him in reality being disbarred for many good reasons. He is a person who lied and used people to further his reputation and career which ultimately collapsed on him, but the film shows him as the saint he tried claiming to be. I am clearly not of this view, so this film might perhaps appeal to those on the conservative side.

However, I would expect most viewers to be those with an interest in GTA and Rockstar Games, to whom only dissatisfaction is bound. The script has Dan constantly coming up with ideas for the next game which nods to GTA San Andreas but in the most pointless way. Him and his team are portrayed as reckless perverts but maybe this all plays into how Rockstar like being portrayed, as the social deviant, which they do on purpose to help market Grand Theft Auto games. This isn't explored in this film however, which just shines light on the BBC's ignorance.

It should also be noted that at the start of the film we are told straight off that the order of events has been changed. That's because Jack Thomson wasn't disbarred until way after these events and it certainly wasn't down to Rockstar Games, it was down to an entire expanse of his career being based on manipulating felons into blaming games for their crimes and bullying games companies and others with unfounded legal threats.

So to conclude, this film was frustrating for its misrepresentation of its characters, dull in its delivery of a game being developed and misinformative with the historical facts making it overall unproductive to watch.


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