A videogame movie nobody like playing “Pixels”


A videogame movie nobody like playing “Pixels”


Pixels was an American science fiction action-comedy film. It was produced by Columbia Pictures, 1492 Pictures and Happy Madison Productions and was directed by Chris Columbus. Its screenplay was written by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, with a screen story dashed off by Tim Herlihy . It was based on French director Patrick Jean’s 2010 short film “Pixels”. The film featured many computer animated video games characters and special effects. The film’s plot encloses extraterrestrials misinterpreting video-feeds of classic arcade games as an affirmation of war and invading Earth. Using the technology enthused by some classic arcade games such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders. To counter this alien threat, the United States hires ex-arcade champions to lead the planet’s defense against the alien offensive.

Filming Location

Principal photography on the film began in 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D in 2015.


The film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson and Jane Krakowski.


The movie clings to a plot where aliens intercept video feeds of classic arcade games. Unfortunately they don’t understand them and end up misinterpreting them as a declaration of war. Thus they attack planet Earth, using game models like PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Realizing the situation as he must employ a comparable strategy, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his childhood buddy and former video-game champ, now a home-theater installer Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler). Brenner is then to lead a team of old-school arcade players and a military specialist (Michelle Monaghan) in an all-out battle to save the planet against the alien threat.

Critical Reception

The movie ended up being much of a disaster as it received highly negative views from the critics. Just like the worst arcade games from the era that inspired it, Pixels was said to have little replay value and was hardly worth a quarter. Although pixels was said to be devoid of any cynicism, it’s the kind of movie the viewers would forget after a week of watching it. The audience lost interest in the movie as the scenes were surreally lazy and came up short in terms of both story and humor.

On the Box Office

The movie grossed $1.5 million from its Thursday night showings at 2,776 theaters as it topped the box office on its opening day, earning $9.2 million. Through its opening weekend it grossed $24 million from 3,723 theaters, debuting at the second place at the box office, behind Ant-Man.