According to consensus, this is the least favorite, low-rated movie during its release. Movie fans refused to see this so much that I snatched this at a electronic retail store for only $3 (I'm absolutely serious). Why the hate/dislike? It's then I realized it has Adam Sandler whom fans have mixed opinions about, despite his attempt to jump back to his old style of humor he was known for. Nevertheless, I've always wanted to own and watch this movie, and because of the drastic drop in price, it's about time.
The story is an easy grasp: friends since childhood, with one of them becoming president of the United States, President Will Cooper hires his old retro video gaming friend Sam Brenner and their fellow buddy Ludlow "Wonder Kid" Lamonsoff, including their rival and ex-convict Eddie Plant, to save the world from 8-bit pixelated aliens! What else is new? These "aliens" happen to be antagonists and enemies most of us remember from old video games, ranging from Pac-Man up there with Galaga. The fact that all this involved the US government in their choice to have video game nerds venture out to execute superheroism to save the planet seems preposterous and a bore, but there's something to be said about this.
What fascinated me the most are the CG graphical integration of making old video game characters into a modern-day 3D representation of who they originally were. It's possibly the most accurate, yet well perfected, design I have ever seen. I say so because nowadays, especially with 2D cartoon characters converted into 3D variants, I felt it was a wonderful design in recreating the 8-bit video game animation we all played, knew and love. Another thing I liked was whenever the enemies crashed into buildings and/or cars, the objects that get destroyed by the video game enemies break off into pixels (hence the title). Again, excellent work on that part. Instead of blood and gore, Grand Theft Auto style, ones that got destroyed turn into "pixel dust." Very cool.
Alright, so why are these video game characters destroying the planet? Apparently, NASA aired a footage featuring video game nerds playing an arcade game involving attacking aliens—Galaga, Galaxian and Space Invaders—to which the aliens misinterpreted as a declaration of war, thus gathering to team up and rage planet Earth to accept this battle. While the US military were being trained by video game nerds to get the "patterns" down as the perfect strategy to overcome these enemies, it seems the soldiers were never partial to this trick, assuming that video games are simply entertainment pastime, only realizing that it's the key ingredient to eliminating the enemies threatening to destroy the planet.
To begin with, Sam works for a company called the National Electronics Rescue Division specializing in professionally installing entertainment systems. He meets a beautiful single mother named Violet van Patten, whom he tries to hook up with, only to find out that she, too, works for the White House, as his friend President Cooper frequently keeps in touch with him. With the President wanting to use his friend's one and only skill—video gaming and breaking high scores—Sam unknowingly reunites with his other buddy Ludlow "Wonder Kid" Lamonsoff, who loves conspiracies debunking government's secret tactics and files planned/hidden against their own people, and breaks the news that video clips featuring threats of alien attacks were leaked, eventually leading them both to inform President Cooper about it. Unsure, only to witness unusual activity and crises at certain parts of the world, the US government takes action with the guidance of....video game nerds. Geographically pinpointing the enemies' landing in specific parts of the world, in this case, catching the enemies at London, England, the nerds concluded that the raid of the video game enemies were in the form of the hit arcade game Centipede. Sadly, the soldiers couldn't get the patterns down, sacrificing one soldier to his death. It is then that the sargeants, by the command of the President, allowed the nerds to take over as both Sam and Ludlow eliminated the centipedes in both the first and second rounds. Sam chased and eliminated one centipede nearly wrecking havoc in a nearby town of England. To make their small team even better, the nerds and the President wanted to include their video game rival Eddie Plant, who served time in jail, but was pardoned by the President, having granted part of his wishes to get out of prison. One of those wishes? Hooking up with Serena Williams and Martha Stewart (yes, really). Reluctantly joining the nerds, they've included Professor Iwatani getting all four of them to play as ghosts to eliminate Pac-Man, who's found raging through the streets of New York (being a huge Pac-Man fan myself, I never recalled a time where Pac-Man was the enemy and needed to be contained). Using courtesy and understanding, Professor Iwatani breaks all protocols to talk to Pac-Man personally....only to get his hand bitten and shredded into pixels. With him unable to fight, it's all up to Sam (Blinky), Ludlow (Pinky) and Eddie (Clyde) as they plan traps to eliminate Pac-Man by driving through the intersections and streets where Pac-Man may roam through. Make Pac-Man lose three of his lives and he's done, which Sam (Blinky) did just that. Meanwhile, Ludlow finds and become friends with Q*Bert who sided with the humans (nerds) to eliminate the Mother Ship casting all these enemies to destroy Earth. As the team decided to split up into two, Sam, Violet and Q*Bert enter the Mother Ship to kill off the final boss—a boss where Sam admitted he was terrible playing at: Donkey Kong. Instead of the jumpman—Mario—saving his girlfriend, it's the trio saving the lone captured SEAL soldier, an innocent Indian teenager who was captured while proposing to his girlfriend, and Violet's son. The other team featured Ludlow and Eddie killing enemies through the streets and residences of New York. All happening simultaneously, Sam, Violet and Q*Bert have to jump and dodge the barrels while destroying the obstacles off with the infamous hammer. While shooting off the enemies, Ludlow suddenly meets his all-time video game crush: Lady Lisa (from the game Dojo Quest). When confessing his love for her, Lisa drops her weapons and accepts his love for her, and teams up with him and Eddie. Fighting enemies off one by one during the daytime in new York, while the trio inside the Mother Ship continuously dodge the barrels to reach the top. As the difficulty increases, Donkey Kong becomes ruthless nearly sending both Q*Bert and Violet to their fates. Luckily, Sam saves them both, then throws the hammer at an incoming barrel....and killing Donkey Kong himself. The boss is eliminated and so are all the summoned enemies as they all turn into pixel dust and drift off into ascension. Sadly, that included Lady Lisa whom Ludlow didn't want to see go. As the heroes celebrate, and the rest of the country, Ludlow still feels lonely with no one to love....until Q*Bert sympathizes and turns into Lady Lisa as they french kiss. Sam finally gets with Violet, recalling what he said earlier:
"Nerds are the greatest kissers."
Eddie receives a text from Serena to come into the Lincoln Bedroom where she and Martha Stewart are waiting. A year later, Ludlow marries Lady Lisa and they raise baby Q*Berts (holy crap). The film ends with credits, along with a pixel representation of the entire movie.
Not too bad of a movie, but I'm sure a lot of you reading this beg to differ. No, it won't change our rating.
Iwatani happens to be the creator of Pac-Man, which made sense as to why he talked to Pac-Man.
When Sam talks about "getting the patterns down," it's a video game strategical phrase meaning "memorize the algorithmic behavior of the enemies" so you can plan and attack the enemy accordingly. In other words, because retro video games were based off of "assigned" behaviors, something that isn't prevalent today due to higher programming standards and improvement of AI (artificial intelligence), getting the "patterns" down was a little bit easier as the AI often roam around specific parts of the screen and/or behave in a repeated "pattern" making you, the player, be able to plan and time your attacks. Even with this pattern down, old video games still pose a challenge to even the seasoned video gamers of today.
Meaning Behind The Story
President Cooper made it clear that breaking high scores really don't mean much in the real world. However, and I say this in jest, if the stars were to be re-aligned in such a way where video gaming skills were required as a military tactic to protect its citizens against enemies uncommon to the average army, this is the extremely rare instance where nerds are seen as superheroes. Often a fantasy among geeks and nerds, along with making jokes depicting nerd stereotypes on this film, such as Ludlow not wanting to die a virgin, this movie perhaps made a late jump to make nerds the last resort as ones can save the planet from turning into pixeled rubble. While it is a vile tease to witness a nerd falling in love with a fictional video game character who's badass yet beautiful and sexier than their high school classmate voted "Cutest Senior," it's a peak of what the average nerd dreams of. For Eddie, you have the type of nerd who's the rebel and the one that most nerds hope to be: someone with a celebrity-like status paired with pretty girls. All in all, it's a nerdy movie and it actualizes the possibility in where the US government needs the uncanny skills of nerds to ward off enemies off our turf. What is all this telling us? While the subject of Game Theory is often used in business and economics, it's also used in military strategy. Perhaps it's no doubt that jotting down enemy patterns could be the key advantage to warding off intruders. Because that seems to be the normal tactic, and with AI robots executing the commands to jump in and scour the battlefields, a country's army must be on heavy alert to try and recognize any repeated patterns to plan their attacks. What I'm trying to say is that, perhaps, honing your video gaming skills aren't a bad thing. If you can find a beneficial way to apply them to the real world, then you may be ahead of everyone else. Oh, and no, video games DO NOT cause violence.
Alright, so here: I've been told and reminded that this film received terrible reviews and is also despised as one of the worst films of the 2015 year. Then again, here I am and I seemed to enjoy it because I understood the quirky jokes and the video game characters who made appearances in this movie. Perhaps that's one of the reasons why: people aren't "nerdy" enough to understand the behaviors and oddities of the video gaming characters, the dialogue that relates to it, and the phrases. That's the problem with people: they strongly dislike things they don't understand (say hello to Math).
That reason alone is proof why I make time to watch and review movies to give them a chance; Just to show that perhaps you can find a sweet side of the sour dish. After watching it a few more times, it's not that bad as everyone says. Yeah, and I can see the kooks from websites like Rotten Tomatoes squinting in disgust as they read this. Oh?
JUST BECAUSE A MOVIE RECEIVED LOW RATINGS AT ROTTEN TOMATOES DOESN'T ALWAYS MEAN IT'S TERRIBLE.
The gloves are off, ladies and gentlemen: it is websites like Rotten Tomatoes that have ruined film criticism and logical/intellectual film interpretation. Look, I get it: bad acting, bad cinematography, terrible special effects, awful audio and amateurish editing are grounds to a time-wasting film. This is clearly not that bad, as I've seen worse (we'll get to them in the future). What's wrong with this movie? Granted, you don't have to like it, nor am I forcing anyone to like or even respect this movie's release, but to say it's the worst movie in your life is preposterous. Entertainment in general isn't going to impress everyone, so this review was made to show my turned tables against the majority and to explain and properly review what I liked about it. Some things in this film could've been explained better, like how Ludlow found and met Q*Bert, but those things I can slide off. Unless you're a retro video gamer, you wouldn't know who Q*Bert is.
So by now, reading this far, you're more sour than a lemon yet still continuing on with what else I rave about this film. Are you new to this website? Perhaps you've noticed what this website also specializes in reviewing, besides TV shows and movies. Have you seen and read all the other films we've reviewed thus far? You can say what bad taste I have in films and all that, even insulting my personal life as a complete and utter bore, but that won't change the fact that I admire this movie.
This Blu-ray is also in 3D, but because I personally don't own a 3D Blu-ray player nor do I own a 3D HDTV, I can't comment nor review that part.
I don't care what anyone says: if you enjoyed this film, let us know in the comments! Oh yeah, and welcome to this website!
|Description||THE WORLD NEEDED HEROES. THEY GOT THESE GUYS.
When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth using games like PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede and Space Invaders as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, '80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.
|ISBN / Bar Code number||0 43396 46398 1|
|Blu-ray™ Exclusives||The Creator of the Machine • The Space Invader
PAC-MAN • • Donkey Kong • Centipede • Galaga
Q*Bert • Dojo Quest • "Game On" Music Video
by Waka Flocka Flame ft. Good Charlotte
Contains Both 2D & 3D Versions of the Movie
TO WATCH THIS MOVIE IN 3D, YOU NEED:
3D HDTV, BLU-RAY 3D™ PLAYER OR PLAYSTATIONℜ 3, COMPATIBLE 3D GLASSES, HIGH-SPEED HDMI CABLE
|Blu-ray Amaray Movie Credits||Columbia Pictures presents in association with LStar Capital and China Co., Ltd. A Happy Madison/1492 Pictures production in association with Film Croppers Entertainment a Chris Columbus film Adam Sandler 'Pixels' Kevin James Michelle Monaghan Peter Dinklage Josh Gad and Brian Cox. Music by Henry Jackman. Costume Designer Christine Wada. Edited by Hughes Winborne ace. Production Designer Peter Wenham. Director of Photography Amir Mokri. Executive Producers Barry Bernardi Michael Barnathan Jack Giarraputo Steve Koren Heather Parry Patrick Jean Benjamin Darras Johnny Alves Matias Boucard Seth Gordon Ben Waisbren. Based On The Short Film By Patrick Jean. Screen Story By Tim Herlihy. Screenplay By Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling. Produced By Adam Sandler Chris Columbus Mark Radcliffe Allen Covert. Directed By Chris Columbus. Includes 'Game On' Performed By Waka Flocka Flame featuring Good Charlotte. HAPPY MADISON Productions. 1492 Pictures. Soundtrack on Varèse Sarabande|
|HD-3D Video Format||2.40:1 (16:9) MPEG-4 MVC Encoded 3D / Widescreen (Letterbox) / 1080p|
|Audio Format||Dolby Audio / Dolby Atmos
English, Portuguese 5.1 DTS-HD MA, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish, Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital, English - Audio Description Track Dolby Surround
|Disc Count||Two (2)|
|Features||[PLAY MOVIE], [LANGUAGES]: Audio - English Dolby ATMOS (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible), English Audio Descriptive Service, French 5.1, Portguese 5.1 DTS Master Audio, Spanish 5.1, Thai 5.1, [LANGUAGES]: Subtitles - English, English SDH, Cantonese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, Indonesia/Bahasa Indonesia, Korean, Portguese, Spanish, Thai, [SCENE SELECTION]: 1-16, [SPECIAL FEATURES]: Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Dojo Quest, Qbert, God of the Machine, Game On Music Video by Waka Flocka Flame ft. Good Charlotte, The Space Invader, Photo Gallery, Previews|
|Genre||Science Fiction / Comedy|
|Run Time||Approx. 106 Mins.
Sony Pictures Introduction - 00:14, Important Notice - 00:06, Motion Picture screen - 00:06, Anti-Piracy Warning - 00:16, Goosebumps trailer - 02:32, Mall Cop 2 trailer - 02:30, Aloha trailer - 02:41, Ricki and the Flash trailer - 02:40, Hotel Transylvania 2 trailer - 01:52, Feature film - 1:45:49, [SPECIAL FEATURES]: Pac-Man - 04:32, Donkey Kong - 04:07, Centipede - 03:36, Galaga - 03:33, Dojo Quest - 04:20, Q*Bert - 02:32, God of the Machine - 01:36, "Game On" music video - 03:59, The Space Invader - 01:40, Photo Gallery - :40
Total time: 2:29:21
|Subtitles||English, English SDH, Chinese Traditional, French, Indonesian/Bahasa, Korean, Portguese, Spanish, Thai|
|Rated||Parents Strongly Cautioned PG-13 - Some Language and Suggestive Comments
Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13
Special Features are not rated.
|Region||Region A - NTSC|
|Movie Release||July 24, 2015|
|3D Blu-ray Release||October 27, 2015|
|Production||Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. / LSC Film Corporation and China Film Co.|
|Company||Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Inc.|
|Blu-ray Product Number||46398LIT|
|Copyright||© 2015 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. LSC Film Corporation and China Film Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Pac-Man™ & © BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., Centipede® & ©2015 Atari Interactive, Inc., Space Invaders™ & ©TAITO Corporation 1978, Q*bert™ & ©2015 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Donkey Kong™ & ©2015 Nintendo®
© 2015 Layout and Design Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
This Product is authorized for sale or rent only in the country where originally sold (i.e. only in the U.S. or only in Canada, respectively). Unauthorized reproduction, distribution or exhibition violates federal laws with severe penalties and violates Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's standard terms of trade.
|Other Formats||DVD, Digital Download|
|Quoted Reviews||"Thrilling action & stunning visuals" — Mike Reyes, CinemaBlend|
|Other||Some of the information in the listing above may not apply to the Special Features or the 2D Blu-ray™
SBMV - Super Bit Mapping
dts-HD Master Audio
PG - Columbia Home Video Rating | Not recommended for young children, Violence, Language may offend / Déconseillé aux jeunes enfants, Violence, Langage pouvant choquer
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