Sunday, 4 October 2015

Film Review - Pixels

Game Over

Film: Pixels
Cast:  Adam Sandler, Kevin James,Michelle Monaghan
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Duration:1 hr 30 mins
Rating: * 1 / 2

I don’t know what they were smoking when the decided to make this movie - even by the standard of Adam Sandler movies, Pixels is a huge disappointment.  This is a mind numbing film with an extraordinarily silly plot. Aliens misinterpreting our video games and attacking us in the same form - it perhaps could have been pulled off but the shoddy writing ensures that it stays more or less at the bottom. They even manage to make Pacman, one of the handful computer games I played with zeal, boring.

Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler) is a nerd who used to be quite a gamer once upon a time but now he does electronic installations. Violet (Michelle Monaghan) plays a divorcee and sparks fly instantly when they meet. "For the record, I'm an amazing kisser. All us nerds are, because we appreciate it more" he proclaims giving hope to many.

The President of America (Kevin James) who happens to be his good friend summon him when there is an alien attack, they end up with a Transformers like destruction by pixelating everything.  That gives an opportunity to the gamer and convicts (Peter Dinklage) to come to the fore to save the day.

Antique games like Donkey Kong and Pacman are unleashed and whatever little nostalgia element is there, it is taken away by the pretentiousness.  There are lot of special effects and explosions but that doesn’t help much. 

In the end, the earth is saved but your precious time is lost. 

Published in The Navhind Times on 2nd Aug 2015

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