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Pixels
    2015-09-18  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad Director: Chris Columbus

    THERE is a lot going on in “Pixels:” genial comedy, softish action, a dash of sci-fi, the teaming of boyish director Chris Columbus with schlubby leads Adam Sandler and Kevin James, eye-catching 3-D effects and a dose of video game-fueled 80s’ nostalgia. But while the package should be amply attractive to a broad family audience, what’s inside it might prove a bit tame for many adults and not enough fun for kids.

    Based on an Annency Crystal-winning animated short by France’s Patrick Jean, and scripted by Timothy Dowling (“Role Models” and Sandler’s “Just Go With It”) and regular Sandler collaborator Tim Herlihy, “Pixels” kicks off with a 1982 prelude introducing arcade game child prodigy Sam, his smart best friend Will, nerdy Ludlow and nemesis Eddie.

    Thirty years later, Sam (played as an adult by Adam Sandler) is a home theater installer and Will (Kevin James) is U.S. president when aliens attack Earth in the guise — because they’ve intercepted some vintage game footage — of classic arcade game characters. Sam, Ludlow (Josh Gad in “The Wedding Ringer”) and eventually Eddie (Peter Dinklage in “Game of Thrones”) are recruited by Will to help military scientist Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan) fight back against giant and destructive versions of Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and other arcade favorites.

    Often feeling like a Ghostbusters re-boot a year ahead of the actual Ghostbusters re-boot (a female take on the 80s’ classic, set for release next July), the film skips from Guam to India to London to New York, following the alien attacks, bringing together the Arcaders alien-fighting team and setting up a romance between Sam and Patten.

    Columbus, best known recently for the first two “Harry Potter” films but here returning to the tone of his early “Goonies” and “Gremlins” scripts, orchestrates it all competently if not particularly imaginatively.

    There are witty touches — the aliens deliver their challenges to the human race through manipulated images of 80s’ celebrities, from Ronald Reagan to Tammy Faye Bakker to Madonna — but there’s also a mechanical feel to the action, particularly in a final act that employs cute animated character Q*bert (who also appeared in Disney’s 2012 “Wreck-It Ralph”) to boost kid appeal.

    The 3-D cinematography uses stereo depth to accentuate effects work that brings the vibrantly colorful and hyper-kinetic game characters to pretty impressive life.

    The human performances are engaging enough, though they occasionally reveal why combining live action with CG animation can be a challenge for actors as well as VFX houses. Sandler delivers another version of what’s become his softer, more likeable screen persona and James (recently teamed with Sandler in both “Grown Ups” films) plays partially against type as an unpopular but down to earth chief executive.

    The movie is now being screened in Shenzhen.

    (SD-Agencies)

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