Pixels has the daft premise that when messages of peace, including video feeds of classic arcade games, are misinterpreted by intergalactic aliens as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games 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), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.
Downsides: Adam Sandler and Kevin James are in this (and their EIGHTH collaboration, would you believe!!)
Upsides: It’s Pacman! And other videogame characters!
Directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter 1 & 2) and also starring Jane Krakowski, Ashley Benson, Sean Bean, Brian Cox and Jared Sandler, the videogames link with this had me wanting to see it from the start, despite a lot of the casting.
Pixels is released in the UK on August 12th.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image:
Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.