Release date: 8 April 2016 Certification:18 Running time: 96 min Director:Ilya Naishuller Starring:Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett
It was only a matter of time before the First-Person shooter was translated into film. With Hollywood desperately trying and consistently failing to cash-in on the multi-billion dollar video game industry, it makes sense to try and pursue a different avenue to exploit its popularity. On the surface this seems like a fun premise which, if done right, could at least make for some daft entertainment, and even perhaps allow for some unique story-telling. The result however is far from the mark, and insults the video games which have utilised the format for far more inspired and absorbing material.
Release date:12 August 2015 Certification: 12A Running time: 106 min Director:Chris Columbus Starring:Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad
It takes a lot to make a truly terrible film. Usually it is the result of a collective effort involving several factors, be it miscasting, a troubled production, perhaps a poorly written script. It’s not often that you can point the finger of blame at a single entity as the reason for why a movie fails. That is what we’re dealing with here, however. Pixels is a terrible film, and it’s all Adam Sandler’s fault. The premise at least has legs. Extra-terrestrials attack earth using various famous video game characters from the 1980s. Based on a fun little short film from 2010-and ripping off a storyline from a Futurama episode- the plot is undeniably daft, but these earlier efforts prove that there is enjoyment to be had from the idea. Any semblance of jollification is sadly obliterated as soon as Sandler lumbers on screen.