Movie Review: Pixels


Director: Chris Columbus
Producer:Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert
Writer: Tim Herlihy
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, and Jane Krakowski

Plot: A video of a video game tournament is sent into space twenty-four years ago and lands on a planet. The aliens who see it are convinced that it is a declaration of war and come to the planet declaring that if the earth can win three contests then the earth is safe but if not it will be destroyed.

Coincidentally the two of the three winners are close friends to the President of the United States. (Kevin James) One is a electronic equipment installer (Adam Sandler) and the other a conspiracy nut.(Josh Gad) These are to train Navy Seals how to play old video games which turns out to be a dismal failure and the nerds have to be the heroes that save the day.

There are days when insomnia and ennui combine and I watch dreck like this at 1:00 in the morning because it was either this movie or Attack of the Swamp Beast of Culver Gulch and the Swamp Beast was looking real good that night.

Now this movie was based upon the film by Patrick Jean called Pixels.

And I remember seeing this and really enjoying what he had done there. But what Adam Sandler and company has done to this nice little film is a darn shame.

Save your money and your sanity and rent the Swamp Creature instead.

There is not a negative number low enough to give to this film.

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3 thoughts on “Movie Review: Pixels

  1. Perhaps I’m giving Sandler too much credit (which is easy to do). Sandler seems to be stuck in the 80s. Therefore, when I watch one of his movies, I watch with the same amount of disregard for cinematic integrity with which I might watch Howard the Duck, Earth Girls are Easy, Short Circuit, or Three O’Clock High. In that vein, his movies always seem to be somewhat easier to swallow.

    • Well if I judged Sandler’s work by the standards of Kentucky Fried Movie, Top Secret, or Real Genius then I would cut him slack. However I have seen that he can do better like punch drunk love. I really want him to quit phoning it in and stretch his talent again.

  2. I totally agree. He does have great potential. Under the right direction, comedic actors make the best dramatic movies, because they have a lot of theatrical talent and timing bred in them. It truly is sad when they default to slap-stick, especially when it’s coupled with gutter humor and poor writing.

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