is a 2015 American science fiction comedy film produced by Columbia Pictures , 1492 Pictures and Happy Madison Productions . The film was directed by Chris Columbus , based on a screenplay written by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling and a screen story penned by Tim Herlihy, based on French director Patrick Jean's 2010 short film of the same name .The film stars Adam Sandler , Kevin James , Josh Gad , Peter Dinklage , Michelle Monaghan , Brian Cox , Ashley Benson , and Jane Krakowski . The film's plot has extraterrestrials misinterpreting video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, and invade Earth using technology inspired by games such asPac-ManandSpace Invaders. To counter the alien assault, the United States hire former arcade champions to lead the planet's defense.
Principal photography on the film began on June 2, 2014 in Toronto , Ontario , Canada . It was released in 2D, 3D , and IMAX 3D on July 24, 2015.Pixelshas grossed over $49 million and was panned by critics.
In the summer of 1982, the young Sam Brenner and Will Cooper play in the arcade, and Brenner's excellence leads him to enter an arcade game world championships . At the event, the MC tells everyone that a time capsule will be launched into space containing elements of the present culture. Brenner and Cooper meet Ludlow Lamonsoff, a weird but brilliant kid who's in love with Lady Lisa (the main character of the gameDojo Quest). After Brenner gets through every game, he faces hotshot gamer Eddie Plant inDonkey Kong. Eddie mentions the pattern to the game, causing Brenner to lose focus and come in second place.
Come 2015, Brenner works for a company that installs software. Cooper is the President of the United States and he is frequently mocked in the media, most recently for failing to read properly during a kindergarten class and yelling at a little girl. In Guam, a military base picks up a threatening signal. Alien life forms based off the designs ofGalagaattack. The soldiers try to fight back, but are easily taken out. One soldier gets taken by the aliens.
Brenner does his job at the home of Violet Van Patten, a divorcee who lives with her son Matty. While Brenner goes to work, he hears Violet crying in the closet. He comforts her by listening to her situation, and they share wine. He thinks they're having a moment, and he goes in for a kiss but gets shut down. He then gets a call from Cooper telling him to be at the White House soon. Brenner heads to the White House with Violet close by. To his surprise, he finds out she is a Lieutenant Colonel. Cooper brings Brenner into the Oval Office to show him the Galaga aliens attacking.
Later, Brenner drives his van home to find Ludlow in there. Ludlow brings Brenner back to his home where he says that the aliens are sending creatures with classic video game designs to attack. Ludlow received a message using manipulated footage of 80's icons like Ronald Reagan and Madonna to explain their plans: since they perceived the items in the time capsule as a declaration of war, they are using the video games as a challenge, giving the people of Earth three rounds to fight back or it's game over for everyone. They also show that the soldier they took was a "trophy". They show the video to Cooper and determine that the next attack will happen in India. Sure enough, the aliens attack the Taj Mahal withArkanoidpaddles and they take an Indian man as a trophy as well.
Brenner and Ludlow are brought in to "train" soldiers to fight back by showing them how to play these games, to which Admiral Porter objects. Violet shows Brenner and Ludlow that the pixels are taken down by strong light beams. Cooper is with his wife Jane at a bakery when his assistant comes in to tell him that the next attack will happen in London.
Everyone heads to London to meet with Corporal Hill. The soldiers brace for attack as the creatures fromCentipedeattack. Brenner tells the men to shoot for the head and anticipate the pattern, but they have no luck. Brenner and Ludlow take over with permission from Cooper and they blast away at the Centipede. The final boss makes its way into town and nearly devours a boy until Brenner blasts it away for good.
The aliens send a message using theFantasy Islandguys to congratulate Earth on their victory, and give theDuck Huntdog as a trophy, but remind the Army that the aliens are leading 2-1. It is learned that the next attack will happen in New York City. Needing more help, Ludlow and Cooper agree that they need someone else to help them. Brenner, Cooper, and Violet go to a prison to find Eddie who got busted for adding charges to phone bills. He still taunts Brenner and makes demands in exchange for his help. Among the demands are an island, not paying taxes, and a meeting with Serena Williams and Martha Stewart . Cooper agrees to let him out of prison and the no taxes part.
The team goes to NYC to discover that the next boss isPac-Man. Violet presents the guys with four cars based off the ghosts in Pac-Man, with the fourth car driven by the game's creator Toru Iwatani . When the team gets downtown where Pac-Man is chomping through everything, Iwatani tries to appeal to Pac-Man's good side by talking to him like a father. Unfortunately, this gets his hand chomped and pixelated. The remaining three chase after Pac-Man. He eats a power pellet giving him ten seconds to be able to eat the ghosts, and he eats Ludlow's car as he jumps out, Eddie hits the first Pac-Man after catching up to him quickly. The second one also gets taken out by Eddie. The third causes him to drive into the water. Brenner chases him near a parking garage where Pac-Man finds another power pellet. Brenner counts down and drives backward through a parking garage. At the last second, the power pellet wears off and gives Brenner a chance to defeat Pac-Man, and they're given Q*bert as a trophy.
The team has a ball held for them as thanks for their heroics. Brenner brings Violet out, while Eddie brings Serena Williams (who only showed up because she was promised an island). After Brenner spends time with Violet, the aliens send another message saying the rules have been violated, and they will launch a full-scale attack momentarily. Matty finds Eddie and sees that his shades that were fished out of the water contain cheat codes, which allowed him to beat Pac-Man and also explains how he beat Brenner inDonkey Kong. Eddie flees and Matty is taken by the aliens as Violet watches. Q*bert tells the heroes that the aliens were peaceful until they felt threatened by the time capsule. They realize they have to go to the ship and stop the aliens.
The aliens bring down more video games upon Washington D.C., includingFroggerandDefender. Brenner, Violet, and Q*Bert gear up and are joined by Cooper while Ludlow stays behind to fight. One of the aliens takes the form of Lady Lisa to Ludlow's joy. However, she still fights him until he says he only wants to love her. She drops her swords and they kiss. Eddie comes to fight and apologizes for ditching the team.
Brenner, Violet, Cooper and Q*Bert get brought up to the ship where Brenner faces his biggest challenge, Donkey Kong . Donkey Kong rolls barrels down as the heroes try to reach Matty and the other two captives. Matty tells Brenner that Eddie cheated all those years ago, making him realize he is the trueDonkey Kongchamp. Brenner takes the hammer and smashes the barrels before hurling it at Donkey Kong destroying him. This causes the rest of the video games to freeze and be brought back up to the ship. Unfortunately for Ludlow, that includes Lady Lisa.
The team is recognized as heroes before the White House. Cooper announces he's made a peace treaty with the aliens. Eddie apologizes to Brenner for cheating, and admits Brenner is the best in the world. Ludlow misses Lisa until Q*bert randomly morphs into her. Brenner and Violet become a couple. Eddie then gets a text from Serena to meet him in the bedroom along with Martha Stewart (who made sandwiches). Eddie sneaks off with excitement. The aliens leave Earth, and Iwatani's hand is restored. One year later, Ludlow has married Lisa and they are the proud parents of five Q*berts.