'Pixels' Trailer: Adam Sandler Saves the World From 8-Bit Invaders

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 15:46 Written by  iamrogue
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'Pixels' Trailer: Adam Sandler Saves the World From 8-Bit Invaders

Yeah, Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, and Josh Gad are all in the movie, but Pac-Man is the real star of the first Pixels trailer.

The adventure-comedy, due this summer, is inspired by a 2010 French short film by Patrick Jean in which a colorful pixel cloud morphs into classic 8-bit video game characters and icons, slowly pixellating the entire planet.

The movie version pumps everything up to Sandlerian summer movie levels, imposing a pretty strange narrative on the basic idea.  Basically, aliens get the wrong idea when they get a look at some eighties videogames, misinterpreting them as a declaration of war and attacking New York with their own pixel army inspired by the games.

In order to save the world, the President (Kevin James) calls upon Sam Brenner (Sandler), an arcade champ who previously shtupped the First Lady (Jane Krakowski).  Brenner, in turn, recruits Dinklage, his former video game nemesis, and Gad, a conspiracy-theory-obsessed gamer.  The great Monaghan, meanwhile, plays a weapons developer who kits our heroes out with alien-fighting tech.

The Pixels theatrical trailer sets up the story and largely keeps the human characters on the bench, instead focusing on the visuals of classic arcade characters running amok in major cities.  That's the hook, after all, but the success of Pixels is going to hinge on the cast, which also includes Brian Cox and Ashley Benson.

See?  Pac-Man for days.

Sandler, whose commercial appeal has been cooling a bit recently, takes a break from working with his regular directors.  This time, he's directed by Chris Columbus, the Goonies screenwriter who directed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Home Alone, Rent, Adventures in Babysitting, and Mrs. Doubtfire, among others. 

Pixels marks Columbus's first feature since Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief all of five years ago.

Pixels is set to hit theaters on July 24th.

Here's the original short, plus a poster featuring the real star of Pixels:

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