Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy
Duration: 106 minutes
India Release Date: 31-JUL-2015
When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.
Overall Review: This cheesy silly fun ride will keep you and your family entertained. Plot is simple and will take you to nostalgic world (only if you had loved Video Games in School Days): In 1982, Sam Brenner and Will Cooper count down the days to when the new video game arcade opens. They enter a video game competition and are up against Eddie Plant, who is a pro at playing Donkey Kong. Meanwhile, NASA sends up a time capsule to outer space with 1980’s culture of video games and clips from TV shows as a sign of peace in hopes to make contact with alien life. 33 years later, Sam Brenner works for a tech company and his best friend, Will is now the President of the United States. The world is soon attacked by video game characters because the aliens took the message the wrong way. They send down Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Mario, Space Invaders, Arkanoid and Tetris. Sam, Will, Eddie, and conspiracy theorist Ludlow must team up and stop the video game aliens from destroying and pixelating the world. Movie was light and fun. The jokes are hilarious – whether it be visual or verbal.
Performance & Technical Review: Director Chris Columbus, who wrote classic 80s films and directed classics like “Home Alone” with the first two Harry Potter films, did a great job at bringing all these characters to life. All the actors gave good performances & the relationships that develop between the characters feel natural and unforced. A lot of the action and destruction scenes are wonderfully done; the visual effects were very intriguing. Do not miss the end credits: It’s a very cool pix-elated sequence that sums up the events of the picture. The Crew did a great job reconstruction video game actions, scenes and real-life conflicts with the actors. “Pixels” is built on a clever concept but is saddled with a screenplay and relies too heavily on the nostalgia factors.
PDF Verdict: If you grew up in the 80’s and played some old games like: Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Defender, Galaga, Frogger etc. you will like this mindless pop-corn movie. Turn off your brain and except what you are served on the platter; I am sure this trip back on memory lane will be worth the price. I am missing my Mario and Super Contra….Game ON!
Ratings: 3 on 5
Performance: 3 on 5
Script: 2 on 5
Screenplay: 2.5 on 5
Background Score: 3 on 5
VFX: 4 on 5