Actors: Nate Richert, Danielle Fishel Director: Scott Hillenbrand
Directors: Scott Hillenbrand, David Hillenbrand
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen,
Number of discs: 1
Run Time: 83 minutes
the recent Stay Alive,Game Box 1.0 is another "computer games
are bad for you" horror story set in a virtual reality world.
A depressed game tester is sent a mysterious gaming console with practically
supernatural powers. Soon he finds that the game starts intruding upon his
everyday reality and not just in the way disgruntled office workers daydream
that they can play Doom for real in the
corridors of their employer's premises. He lapses into a coma and realizes
that if he dies in the game, he would die in the real world too . . .
Ultimately the moral of Game Box 1.0 is that "one shouldn't spend so
much time playing computer games and get out some more"
which your English teacher and parents have probably been telling you for
ages now. Of course one can only wonder about the movie industry's
motivation in cases like these. They probably no doubt wishes that one
should go the movies more often instead of spending one's disposal income on
their competitors? product.
Unlike the recent Stay
Alive,Game Box 1.0 doesn't always come across as all that
laughably ridiculous and sort of works at a certain pure story-telling
level, if only barely. However the movie is severely handicapped by its
cheap-looking virtual reality sequences. It doesn't look like one would
expect the inside of a computer game to look like. Instead it looks like
some live footage which someone had shot using some wildly colored lens
filters, a bit like that dated trip sequence towards the end of
2001: A Space Odyssey.