It was a couple of months ago when I shared the first trailer for Sony Pictures “Pixels” and while comedies aren’t something that I normally plan on posting here on PiercingMetal, it had that 1980’s video game nostalgia which won me over. If you missed that first trailer post, you can click HERE to see it and then move onto the next level for the second trailer. I’ve added something of a bonus for you as well with some promotional posters that were a hoot. Enjoy.
The Plot: In 1982, in the hopes of establishing peaceful communication with extraterrestrial life, NASA launches a time capsule into outer space containing images and footage of Earth life and culture. However, the aliens misinterpret enclosed video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war. They attack the Earth using the games as models for their various assaults including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Space Invaders, Arkanoid and Tetris. Their technology creates voxels that change form and are capable of turning any form of matter into more of itself. President Will Cooper calls upon his best friend since childhood, former video game professional Sam Brenner, who is now a home theater installer and had a previous relationship with Cooper’s wife. To combat the video game characters, Brenner decides to lead a team of retrogamers Eddie Plant and Ludlow Lamonsoff to defeat the aliens with technology similar to those used in games. (c/o Wiki)
Adam Sandler as Sam Brenner
Anthony Ippolito as 13-year-old Sam
Kevin James as President Will Cooper
Jared Riley as 13-year-old Will
Michelle Monaghan as Lieutenant Colonel Violet Van Patten
Peter Dinklage as Eddie Plant
Andrew Bambridge as 13-year-old Eddie
Josh Gad as Ludlow Lamonsoff
Jacob Shinder as 8-year-old Ludlow
Brian Cox as Admiral James Porter
Sean Bean as Corporal Hill
Jane Krakowski as First Lady Jane Cooper
Affion Crockett as Sergeant Dylan Cohan
Ashley Benson as Lady Lisa
Matt Lintz as Matty Van Patten
Lainie Kazan as Mickey Lamonsoff
Dan Aykroyd as The Emcee of the 1982 video game championships
Nick Swardson as NYPD Pac-Man victim
Dan Patrick White House reporter
Robert Smigel White House reporter
Steve Koren as White House reporter
Serena Williams as herself
Martha Stewart as herself
Matt Frewer as Max Headroom
Steve Wiebe as a military scientist.
Denis Akiyama as Toru Iwatani, the creator of Pac-Man
Fiona Shaw as British Prime Minister
Additionally, various celebrities who were popular in the 1980s, including Ricardo Montalbán, Hervé Villechaize, Tammy Faye Bakker, Madonna, President Ronald Reagan and the band Hall & Oates, are shown via archival footage. Tom McCarthy played Michael the Robot, while screenwriter Tim Herlihy played a Defense Secretary. Sandler’s wife Jackie played President’s Assistant Jennifer, while their children appear elsewhere in the film: Sadie plays Cooper’s sister at the lemonade stand, and Sunny plays a Sweet Scout Girl. Jared, Sandler’s nephew, plays a White House Junior Aide, Producer Allen Covert plays an abusive citizen, while his kids Hannah and Abigail plays an Arcader Choir Girl and another Classroom Scout Girl. Kevin James’s children Sienna and Shea Joelle play other Classroom Scout Girls.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: While this looks like a hoot and one that will likely send me to eBay looking for my old gaming console again, I am not sure I will be seeing it in the coming months when it comes out. I’m more of a fan of plunking down the drachma for the Marvel Studios stuff than the action adventure comedies. What did you think of the second trailer and the fun posters? Chime in down below. I will see you next time.
Official Film Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixels_(2015_film)