Flash Movie Review: Pixels

Immediately I was struck by their fearlessness. I watched while their fingers without hesitation popped and dropped over the keyboard like convulsing spider legs. Just by pressing two keys at the same time they were able to get the computer to function in a way that took me a few more keystrokes. I knew they must have started at a young age playing video games. There is a certain attitude a gamer has when they are interacting with their computer or some other kind of electronic device; they appear more adventuresome to me. Where they have no problem trying out different commands, a non-gamer may get stuck at their computer afraid the next key they press will cause their machine to explode. I understand totally because I have a love/hate relationship with computers; I expect them to know how to fix themselves without asking me if something is okay to do. It is interesting to think about the recent generations that grew up with video games; I recall an article I read that talked about the positive effect the games had on a person’s eye/hand coordination. There was this one kid in school who would spend hours in the student union playing this one arcade game. His initials for the most points earned remained on the machine the entire time I was at that school. I would be quite curious to see what he is doing now in the world. Maybe he would be doing what the gamers were called to do in this comedic action film.    BACK in 1982 a time capsule with examples of mankind’s life including video games was launched into space. Discovered by an alien race, they took the games to be earth’s declaration of war on them; so they reproduced the video games to attack earth first. This science fiction film had a great idea behind it, for it would attract an older audience for nostalgic reasons and a younger crowd who would appreciate the retro vibe of these “ancient” games. Not only did this comedy fail with its attempts to entertain, it made me a bit angry because of the blatant laziness associated with the script. Adam Sandler (Blended, Grown Ups franchise) as Brenner was the exact same character he has been in his last several films. I am tired of seeing the same thing and hearing the same type of jokes over and over. Adding in Kevin James (Here Comes the Boom, Paul Blart franchise) as President Cooper and Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone, Source Code) as Violet only increased the ridiculousness of this picture. Out of the entire script I chuckled 3 times as the expected excitement never materialized. If I would have known, my money would have been better spent at a video arcade then sit through this video void.

 

1 2/3 stars

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 27, 2015, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Not as bad a people say, and it is fun to look at, but as a comedy this did blow. Great review Joltz.

  2. These are the games I grew up with so just for the nostalgic feel of it, I just might watch it! Thanks for the glimpse! 🙂

  3. Well darn, it sounded like it would be a good movie. Thanks for the review.

  4. My husband took me three older boys to see this on Sunday. The boys were eager to see it as they are all video game fans. All four of them detested it. My husband said he hoped Peter Dinklage would save it but to no avail. One of my kids declared Sandler to be the worst actor who ever drew breath.

    Meanwhile, my youngest son and I saw ‘Inside Out’. We got by far the better deal.

    • You and the youngest son really scored with your choice. Like your husband I had higher expectations because of Peter Dinklage being in the film. Do you think the life lesson here is for your family to strive for patience and wait for review? lol Bummed you had to spend money on awful movie.

      • Well I knew it was going to stink even without reading your review but, yes, reviews are definitely useful and welcome guides. We need to not be persuaded to take our kids to see films we think are not worth the money, time or effort.

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