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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! 2015 | 12 | Blu-ray 3d/Blu-ray/ Blu-ray steelbook/dVd

Di­rec­tor Chris Colum­bus

Cast adam sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Mon­aghan, Peter din­klage, Josh Gad, sean Bean

There’s a neat germ of an idea for a fun movie here – what a pity it never ac­tu­ally grows into a fun movie.

The planet is be­ing at­tacked by aliens in the form of char­ac­ters from ’80s ar­cade games: Pac-Man, Cen­tipede, Don­key Kong and so on. Re­cruited to save Earth are a trio of ex­pert gamers from back in the day, one of whose mates (Kevin James) has, some­what sur­pris­ingly, be­come Pres­i­dent and is di­rect­ing de­fences. Ac­tu­ally, scratch “some­what sur­pris­ingly” and make that “ab­so­lutely ridicu­lously”: it sums up the glee­ful id­iocy of Pix­els.

Also char­ac­ter­is­tic of the film’s silli­ness and lazi­ness is the way the bat­tles with the in­vaders are very lit­eral re-in­ter­pre­ta­tions of how the games were – the Pac-Man bat­tle in par­tic­u­lar makes no sense. It all boils down to char­ac­ters shoot­ing things with big guns. Ghost­busters got away with it – Pix­els crashes at the load­ing stage.

Ex­tras On the DVD, just two fea­turettes (seven min­utes) and a Good Char­lotte mu­sic video. Blu-ray buy­ers get a fur­ther six fea­turettes (19 min­utes). Four of th­ese look at spe­cific se­quences; the oth­ers con­cern cameo roles for Pac-Man cre­ator Toru Iwatani and a com­pe­ti­tion win­ner. Rus­sell Lewin

Look out for a cameo from a cer­tain com­puter-gen­er­ated ’80s mu­sic pre­sen­ter well known for his shades and sharp suits.

Karl found his driv­ing test more chal­leng­ing than he ex­pected.

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