What would happen if early United States space exploration provoked alien life forms to attack earth? That’s the premise of the new Action/Comedy/Sci-Fi film Pixels that is set to release on July 24th, 2015. The newly released trailer shows a world under attack from aliens, but these aren’t your usual aliens. Oblong heads and pale limbs are replaced by more familiar looking creatures: classic video game characters.
That’s right. Oversized, pixelated video game alien creations are attacking earth after perceiving the 1982 NASA Space Shuttle Mission as a direct threat. The trailer suggests that bits and pieces of American pop culture (including a Rubix’s Cube, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong) were sent into space as a peaceful representation of where the shuttle came from, but unfortunately the shuttle mission was seen as a threat.
In an attempt to not take the film too seriously, Pixels has comedic elements which frankly, seems completely necessary in a film with such a unique perspective on aliens. As interesting as it is to imagine aliens attacking Earth with creations that mirror the very place they are attacking, posing this as a completely serious scenario would feel a bit too detached from reality to be believable. I’m confident that director Chris Columbus (who’s worked on films like The Goonies and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) will gives us a good balance of Action, Comedy and Sci-Fi.
The taste we are given of the cast is promising all around — Adam Sandler (Water Boy, Happy Gilmore) teams up with Jane Krakowski (30 Rock, Ice Age) Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Grown Ups), Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone, Due Date) and Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past). Our cast have an instant sense of awe at the sight of these video game creations come to life. Quickly, they realize that while they may be familiar looking, they are quite lethal.
Interestingly, these pixelated creations can touch, destroy and apparently change what they touch. While they exist in our realm, anything they touch turns to pixels.
The colors in the trailer are striking. Upon seeing Pacman for the first time on screen, I was instantly reminded of that almost euphoric sensation of playing a video game for the first time. It’s something that is appealing yet alien in it’s own right.
What I find most interesting about this film is that despite it’s comedic leanings, it poses an interesting idea: if there is alien life within our universe, how does it perceive our own travels in space? Assuming such life is intelligent enough to observe and record what we are doing in space, could that create possible consequences for us in the future?
This is a film I will be sure to see in theaters.