Game Box 1.0 (Widescreen)

Actors: Nate Richert, Danielle Fishel Director: Scott Hillenbrand
Directors: Scott Hillenbrand, David Hillenbrand

Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Number of discs:
Run Time:
83 minutes



Like 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" - something 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.



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