Bluray + Digital HD
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Released By: Sony Pictures
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage
Run Time: 106 Minutes
“When aliens intercept video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack Earth, using the games as models. Knowing that he must employ a similar strategy, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his childhood pal, former video-game champ and home-theater installer Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), to lead a team of old-school arcade players and a military specialist (Michelle Monaghan) in an all-out battle to save the planet.”
The movie starts off in the 80’s, around the time that arcade games were still very popular. NASA decides to send a time capsule out into space, that is filled with all different kinds of things from that era (including popular video games such as Pacman). They do this to reach out to any possible alien life form that may receive it and want to learn more about Earth’s culture. Unfortunately, the aliens that receive it take it as an act of war, and then decide to attack Earth using some of the things that we sent them, against us. In order to survive the attack, the President decides to gather his old arcade buddies to defend the planet, and defeat the aliens. To start my review off, I just want to say that this movie does not deserve all of the hate that it’s receiving. Now, I’ve always been a big Adam Sandler fan but I’m able to admit when one of his movies aren’t good. This is not one of those movies. Is it filled with the usual corny jokes? Yes. Is it filled with the same actors that usually star in his movies? Yes. Is that a bad thing? No, not in my opinion. Despite starting off a little slow, I found the whole concept of this movie to be hilarious. It isn’t meant to be a masterpiece by any means but it is meant to be a fun popcorn flick, and that’s exactly what it is. Getting to see some of my favorite old school video games such as Pacman, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Centipede, and more, made this movie so fun and nostalgic. I loved the fact that the characters had to use their old video game strategies, in order to defeat the aliens. Without giving anything else away, I have to mention the end credits. Pixels features some of the best, and most fun end credits, that I have ever seen before. As far as the Picture Quality goes, this movie is so beautifully shot. The special effects were done so well, and look incredible on Bluray. The Audio Quality is also fantastic, often sounding like I was back in the movie theater while watching it. This set is also packed full of Special Features, which really adds to the experience of it all. It discusses and goes over so many popular video games from my childhood, which brought back so many fun memories. I honestly couldn’t get up from my seat until I finished watching each one. Overall, I found this movie to be a lot of fun. It isn’t perfect but it doesn’t exactly need to be. It’s full of nostalgia which made me feel like I was a kid again. In addition to every thing, it’s visually stunning and sounds amazing. If you’re looking for a fun popcorn flick where you can just sit back, relax, and not have to think about much, then this is the movie for you.
– Q*Bert: The adorable digital bit hopper comes to life in PIXELS!
– Dojo Quest: A look at the new classic arcade game that gave life to the unstoppable Lady Lisa.
Game On Music Video by Waka Flocka Flame ft. Good Charlotte
Dolby Atmos Audio (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible)
– The Creator of the Machine: PAC-MAN creator Toru Iwatani was on-set and had a cameo, we hear from him about his experience and his take on PIXELS.
– The Space Invader: The winner of an arcade contest had a walk on role in the film.
– PAC-MAN: A detailed look at the PAC-MAN action sequence. From Mini Coopers and stunts to visual effects, see how PAC-MAN chomps his way into real life.
– Donkey Kong: See the cast perform stunts on a giant reconstruction of the classic platform game and watch as Donkey Kong goes from bits to BIG.
– Centipede: The giant insect attack was the creation of visual and special effect planning as well as the patience of countless performers.
– Galaga: This 80’s arcade favorite leads the alien invasion, take an inside look at the attack on Guam.
7 Out Of 10 Stars