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Sony Pictures have let loose a new trailer for ’80s arcade comedy-action film Pixels.

This trailer gives us a proper introduction to the core cast and shares a little about each of their respective skill sets. Sam Brenner is a former Pac-Man world champ, though we do learn that he’s terrible at Donkey Kong. Good thing for him that they enlist the help of Eddie Plant (Peter Dinklage), who happens to be the world’s best Donkey Kong player. Rounding out the trio is Ludlow Lamonsoff, who is apparently really good at Centipede. You also get glimpses of games like Galaga, Space Invaders, Q-Bert. Oh, and Kevin James kills a Smurf, so there’s that. 

The visuals look great and the concept is fun… and then there’s Adam Sandler and Kevin James with their cringe worthy comedy.  Regardless, I’m still kinda looking forward to this one as a dumb, fun, stupid popcorn movie. Not all entertainment has to be smart or particularly very good.

In Pixels, intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them and attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team’s unique weapons specialist.

The film is directed by Chris Columbus from a story by Tim Herlihy and a screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the original short film of the same name by Patrick Jean.

Pixels opens everywhere June 24.

Category: Film

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