Out Of Theatre


Out Of Theatre
31 Jul, 2015 1 hr 45 mins U/A
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Brian Cox, Dan Aykroyd, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Serena Williams
If you watch this, it’ll only be for Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad’s movie-saving performances.

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Story: A message is beamed out from Earth in the past to try and connect with extraterrestrial life. Among other pop culture elements, the message contains some old videogames. In the present day, aliens unleash those videogames on Earth in real life, in a destructive way. Only a few gamers can save the earth from annihilation.

Review: What do you get when you take a dollop of Adam Sandler-style goofball humor and supplement it with nostalgia-laden videogame visuals from the 1980s? Pixels presents a barrage of this and more that can at times, hammer on the senses.

Brenner (Sandler) and Cooper (James) were excellent at videogames as kids. The only person, who could top Brenner, was Eddie Plant (Dinklage, the movie's hilarious highlight) who defeated Brenner in Donkey Kong. Brenner and Cooper are also buddies with Ludlow (Gad), who lives and breathes gaming. This was in the early 80s.

Cut to the present day and Brenner works in the electronics industry. While it pays the bills, it certainly isn't what he hoped he'd be doing. Especially when compared to his childhood buddy Cooper, who is now - wait for it - the President of the United States!

The games begin when Cooper tells Brenner that Earth is under alien attack and only their knowledge of the vintage videogames can save them. The aliens beam their messages using manipulated TV footage of Hall and Oates, Fantasy Island characters and so on, conveying that they have three rounds to play. If the humans lose, Earth is kaput.

Pixels is heavy on 80s iconography, with games like Pac Man, Centipede, Donkey Kong and even characters like Max Headroom being represented. While an older generation may get these references, the same might be lost on younger audiences. Sandler unfortunately brings nothing new to the table; his expressions remain the same as you'd have seen in The Wedding Singer. It is Dinklage rather, whose presence lifts every scene he's in, with his faux-suave routine as a ladies' man. So, if you watch this, it'll only be for his and Gad's movie-saving performances.
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SN Kannan
Positively painful movie. Kids too will not like it. The President is shown more as a buffoon (not the Bush type though) who is more comfortable as a Mall Cop than in the Oval. Was waiting for the movie to get over....and oh did it drag, and some more after all was over, as if it was a punchline.
Mauli Agarwal

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