Nerd culture has just been given its greatest gift. Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Michelle Monaghan will battle purposely pixelated CG versions of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and more in the summer blockbuster “Pixels”. In the past, video game movies have been hit or miss, but this concept has a certain freshness to it. And by freshness, I mean, it’s basically Transformers meets the Avengers meets Wreck-It-Ralph meets every disaster movie set in New York City. Even so, it promises Adam Sandler and Kevin James vs. a giant Pac-Man and Donkey Kong with explosive special effects (well, as best as they could have done with 80’s games), and surprisingly so, it looks pretty great.
If you’re unable to watch the trailer, here’s a quick breakdown. First, they set the stage for a sci-fi story by reminding the viewer that NASA sent time capsules into space in 1982 on the outside chance that intelligent life would someday find it and communicate back with us.
As the story so often goes, aliens do in fact find the capsule and decide to check us out. Unfortunately for civilization as we know it, these aliens are actually real life Space Invaders from the 1978 Atari classic video game “Space Invaders”.
Inside these poor quality pixelized space ships are equally pixelized classic videogame characters, all set on destroying the earth.
Pac-Man makes the first appearance, chomping away at everything in his path.
Our heroes are introduced as they look up and see a familiar red scaffolding. Atop it stands Donkey Kong, of course, and he appears to have with him an unlimited supply of pixelated barrels.
As the action progresses, many other 70’s and 80’s videogames are referenced. It’s not clear how big each of their presences in the film will be, but they’re there.
But how do you battle a giant Pac-Man hellbent on destroying the city? With mini-cooper “ghosts” of course.
And suddenly Peter Dinklage shows up. This movie is complete now.
For those of you who aren’t willing to watch the trailer more than once, you should probably be made aware of the fact that if you pause it at 1:38, a secret message flashes for a frame or so.
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