Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Game Box 1.0 (2004)

Fear: 0/5
Gore: 0/5
Entertainment: 3/5
Creepiness: 2/5
Nightmares: 0/5

Gamebox 1.0

File under "so bad it's kind of awesome", Gamebox 1.0 tells the timeless tale of a video game tester who is tormented by the death of his girlfriend at the hands of a junkie cop. Things seem hopeless for our nerdy friend until a new video game system is mysteriously delivered to his house. Apparently this sort of thing happens all the time when you are part of the fast paced world of video game testing, so the dude assumes it's just another game he's supposed to test.

BUT! This is no ordinary video game system, the Gamebox 1.0 is a virtual reality system where you take pictures of your friends with the supplied digital camera, and one of your most hated enemy as well, and the system applies these images to NPC's in the game, and your enemy in real life becomes your foe in the game world.

As our hero begins with the first of the three games available, "Crime Spree" (GTA inspired) , he soon finds that he cannot control when he plays the game, and that getting hurt inside the gameworld means that he actually gets hurt. When his beloved dead girlfriend shows up as a main character, he gets truly sucked in as the game switched to it's other other two games, one about zombies and one called "Alien Planet". All the while he is stalked by the computer generated enemy of the very police officer who killed his real life girlfriend.

This flick is interesting because there is no gore, it's not scary and the effects and acting are TERRIBLE, but it's still kind of cool. If you were 13 and saw this it might be one of those movies you were stoked on for the rest of your life that you try and show to your friends. Kind of like Phantasm. This one isn't going to blow your mind, but it might keep you entertained for a while. I should say though that I watched it in a hotel room in Sacramento when my only other choice was 5 sports channels on Tv and the internet was out, so maybe it was only entertaining because it was my best option available.

- the fucking beard

I kind of have to agree. It's certainly not a horror film and really only qualifies as "scary" because there are some zombies in it, but it was mildy entertaining. Yet it sucked. It was nerdy and didn't really make much sense and the ridiculous rendered backgrounds were annoying as shit, but still, I watched the whole thing and didn't think it was all that bad. How is that possible?

- Complaint Department

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