Pixels is a 2015 sci-fi action movie directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage. The movie focuses on aliens disgused as '80s video game characters bent on invading the earth. The movie was very heavily advertised because of its surreal plot and obvious inclusion of retro video game characters. At the time of its release, the movie (like most modern Adam Sandler movies) was met with extremely negative reviews and is being called "a good candidate for Adam Sandler's worst movie" and even the WORST movie of 2015.
Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant all played classic arcade video games as teenagers. But now they have to use their skills to try to save the world from aliens. The aliens watched video feeds that they thought was a declaration of war. So they send down the classic arcade games to destroy earth. They also get help from a military specialist. They have three lives and if all three get used then earth will be destroyed, and every time they lose a live the aliens take someone's life. It's us VS. the aliens? It's an all-out battle to save our planet and everyone on it.
- The concept is very similar to the "Raiders of the Lost Arcade" segment of "Anthology of Interest II", a Futurama episode, to the point of people saying this movie is a rip-off.
- Several plot holes, such as a middle-aged man who knows nothing about combat being better at warfare than the US military.
- Poorly-written characters who are bland and forgettable.
- Cliché dialogue.
- Bizarre and nonsensical jokes (especially the joke where someone says "You smell so nice like the book of Genesis.")
- Q-Bert is made into a very annoying comic relief character that actually angered more moviegoers than critics.
- The movie's climax is so convoluted, including the "heroes" cheating at the games to defeat the aliens which shouldn't work since it's supposed to be real life and Q-Bert taking the form of Lady Lisa (a fictional character from a game-within-the-movie).
- Mario did appear in the movie, but only as a cameo. Mario should have gotten a bigger role, maybe even as the true main antagonist, but instead, they make him a cameo character.
- Most of Adam Sandler's films have not been funny in recent years and this is one that failed to make audiences laugh.
- Stupid celebrity cameo from Serena Williams.
- This film might be the perfect film for some gamers, if it gets taken seriously.
- The special effects and the animation of the video game characters are well-done.
- Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Home Alone films and the first two Harry Potter films did a decent job.
- The idea of videogame characters going haywire is a pretty interesting idea for a film.
The plot of movie may or may not have stolen from Futurama, but in fact it was directly based on a short film of the same name. It's far better than the actual, feature-length movie.