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|Genre||Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Contributor||Martin Kove, Tom Plumley, Hassie Harrison, Lukas Gage, Joey Morgan, Kevin Smith, Scott Conditt, Greg Grunberg, Lin Shaye, Joseph D. Reitman, Jeremy Tremp, Wil Wheaton See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 41 minutes|
A small town video game store clerk must go from zero to hero after accidentally unleashing the forces of evil from a cursed Colecovision© video game cartridge...Max Jenkins' gaming fantasies collides with reality when a legendary "lost" installment of the 1980's "Nether Game" series appears on the store counter of his workplace. Unbeknownst to Max, the old game cartridge bears a "Curse of The Ages", and in playing it, he has just unlocked "The Nether", an ancient malevolent force of evil upon his small hometown.Along with a mysterious masked man and his two best friends, Liz and Reggie, Max must figure out how to beat the Nether at it's own game before it's Game Over for humanity.
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.86 Ounces
- Director : Scott Conditt, Jeremy Tremp
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
- Release date : August 11, 2020
- Actors : Tom Plumley, Wil Wheaton, Lukas Gage, Martin Kove, Greg Grunberg
- Studio : Mvd Visual
- ASIN : B088N95HZY
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #117,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #4,957 in Comedy (Movies & TV)
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It's really weird watching Gen-z kids reading lines that some out of touch Gen-x writers didn't even know were in bad taste even back when they were relevant. There are times when these high-school to early college-age kids(in 2020) get called Millenials and no-one even bats an eye. At the first of the film, they are role-playing their characters in an old-world game as they play and one of the B characters gets flack for using the term 'm'lady' as if he were being possessive of the person (role-playing as a female) as a real-life human and not just because it was period speech that every character in the movie had been butchering up until this point anyway. Then, this female character spends the whole rest of the movie basically being the token female. At the end, she changes outfits and someone makes a comment about how big her boobs appear in the new outfit and she acts all proud. Even though this time it was actually a demeaning comment. Also, they were on display the entire rest of the film. Try to count how often they say n00b throughout the movie. Even tongue and cheek, someone who understands humor should realize that it's over the line for a sarcastic "I'm a nerd" bad lingo inside joke. Especially when the other characters use the exact same language(without any variation) once they're introduced. (well, there is one time that someone says p0wned, but I get the feeling they'd never heard it said out loud before)
I will say that toward the end of the movie the cringe-inducing moments get less frequent overall, but by then you're so inundated with bad-taste has-been washed-up tropes that you can't even enjoy what would in another movie be lovable cheesiness.
If you for whatever reason couldn't pick out some really obvious crap here's a small list of things that should be cringed at(in the bad way).
the protagonist is refusing to consider college because(among other things) it's expensive... but he's already able to pump out mobile games that people generally like. Even if he can't make money off of them, that would at least be good enough to secure a scholarship somewhere.
Later in the movie, they make the same 'washed up gamer' background for a character that is literally one of the best selling game designers of all time. They dedicate almost ten minutes of screen time to jokes that have nothing to do with anything else in the movie except that he lives with his mom.
One of the characters is the #2 top-rated player in the North American servers on the game they play, but complains about someone "taking our loot" when they fight a boss, don't even scratch it, and the person who gets the loot did 100% of the damage to the boss. A weekly boss, by the way, so they should have some idea how to approach it. Which, by the way, would mean that it's a timed event so there's no way he wouldn't know what time it is since they died immediately and the guy swooping in afterward practically one hits the boss.
Not only is it clear that none of these characters actually study any kind of strategy for the games they do play, but they don't even seem to be aware that strategy exists outside of whether or not to save your most powerful spell for later. Which should be extremely obvious to the viewer because every example of the antagonist playing games against other people were either chess or this really obvious version of constellation Go(the Asian tile game). So going through the entire movie about top-tier programmers and not hearing anything mentioned about metagame, algorithms, solvers, any other type of game-theory OR productivity tools gets really irritating.
The previously mentioned MMO has tons of work done to create the brick and wall textures but the faces for the characters are worse than rubber masks, which is THE selling point for even single-player action games. This has been the case since Half-Life and Tomb Raider. But especially MMOs trying to get a stake in the oversaturated current market.
Throughout the entire movie the characters are invading people's personal space. They go around the one guy's garage and instantly start picking stuff up. He tells them to chill, makes an immediate second comment about how that's specifically why he doesn't have people over often, and then the entire next scene revolves around one of the characters jumping on to his computer and writing code for a program that(as is confirmed at the end of the scene) he hasn't even read, yet. He doesn't know the guy's set-up, whether the keyboards are on separate computers that share access to the programs, if the guy wrote some script to change the keybindings or maybe he just has two keyboards so that he doesn't have to carry the one across the room to use the other monitor. Heck, dude doesn't even know what layout guy has, almost everyone uses qwerty keyboards for other layouts/languages if they know them well enough. They never even try to explain how two windows have focus at the same time but are coding the same program. (I guess that would be a little much to expect even decent movies to be aware of...it's not, but they never are, so...) Also, why can't movies treat someone throwing a drink on you as assault instead of just a funny bullying tactic? It's not like they were eleven-year-olds who only know how to respond by being frustrated. The rivals cut him off in an alley and sit there making fun of him, which is assault on its own if it's not clear they don't intend on actually beating him up/running him off the road, but throwing a drink on someone is always assault, blue die on a work uniform when he's already mentioned he's late would have at least two other charges. I'm not saying we should get the police involved necessarily, but come on, we could at least bring some small claims-court attorneys in for a consultation.
The light-gun that the coder guy has had for years runs out of battery but they can make enough spectral weapons for everyone in one montage. (btw, he tries to get one of the teenageish characters to fix his almost heroes spectral sword even though it's apparently a technology that he himself developed) This ended up being one of the funnier gags because the young character had been demonstrated as clueless about those types of things as the scene progressed but I think they could have found a more natural way to arrive at something actually funny... instead of just achieving a near-chuckle because of a fourth-wall break occurring when the character isn't allowed to actually consider what it would take to mod the prop(aka, he doesn't even look for screws or wiring, he just does that 'holding it in different ways doesn't make it work. I, for once in my encounters with faulty technology, am stumped' thing). So, while not being the funniest thing in the world, it's basically the only joke in the whole movie, aside from the ones Kevin Smith was delivering, that actually landed.
Actually, that's about it. There should be more to complain about, but that's just about everything that was in this movie and I've complained about it all.
Oh, and an extra spoiler alert for these last two
The main character(who now that we know the loot stealing guy was someone that the antagonist was aware of and has met the other main characters in person and should really have been the one playing) during the final battle gets straight ganked because of a horribly obvious game-sense mistake but then his companions decide to play it off as him sacrificing himself to help the team... because if there's one thing people like that need, it's credit for everyone else's work.
Not a single one of the characters is worried about whether or not the delivery driver(or anyone else that might have gotten vaporized that they didn't know about other than the main three henchmen) was ever brought back in the same way as said henchmen(at least the one time) were.
I was not surprised, in these conditions of debauchery, to see that Satan sent a demon to control humanity. A drunk partier who exploits women and lusts after power is a perfect target for Satan to ask to be his slave. So the guy sold his soul in exchange for power and the perfect computer codes and then as expected, Satan used him to try to get power over more souls. That is what Satan wants. He wants you to give in to evil things like treating people as objects, putting an idol before God, like a game or sex or money, then he controls you. God wants you to have your freedom and learn to be kind and serve others and God. To defeat Satan and the forces of evil, you do not use glowing swords or blasters. You use your faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and you use the strength of the Holy Spirit living within you. You say "I rebuke you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth." Then demons have to flee.
I feel like I now understand gamers better and the spiritual challenges they face in life. I will try to use what I have learned to lead them away from Satan and evil and into the light. :) Thank you. I go to Life Church Online if you ever want to join me. It's virtual, after all. :)
What is obviously a Kickstarter backed movie, is fun and enjoyable to watch. I can honestly say I do not want the time spent watching this back.
My only advice is to not go in to it expecting some highly polished mega million dollar movie like we can see some people did by reading some of these re-views. Have a drink of whatever your choice of recreational substance turn you brain off and have a good watch.
Even though it was released in 2020 it felt like they were trying to give the movie a late 90's early 2000's vibe and emulate what made movies from that era fun and great, but they failed miserably at that. The jokes didn't land, the relationships didn't hit, and what was meant to seem campy and fun came off as bad acting. The movie overall seemed to have very little substance to cling to and it was a struggle to sit through the entire thing, although I wouldn't tell people to never watch it I would tell them to be prepared to regret watching it at the end.