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Review: Angry Video Game: The Movie

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An implausible story line ... over the top characters ... low-budget special effects.


Angry Video Game: The Movie poster 


As a longtime fan of the YouTube sensation Angry Video Game Nerd, I knew that Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie could go one of two ways. I have to admit, the film wasn't exactly what I expected - it was better. Kudos to directors/writers James Rolfe and Kevin Finn for working out an ingenious, complex yet somehow understandable plot.

Edited by Michael Licisyn (who should get a medal for piecing it all together), Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie takes Rolfe's 'Nerd' character on a quest across the country in search of the truth of the legend of the 1982 E.T. Atari video game. Part historical documentary, part hilarious insanity, this film does not disappoint. The end of the story had a fantastic twist that I didn't see coming. Not an easy feat these days.

Shot in a little over a month with a budget of just $325,000 raised by crowd funding, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie definitely has the B-movie feel the filmmakers were going for. The special effects for the feature were created by volunteer fans. At one point, the title character comments, "Even my dreams are low budget." But I have to say the live action Super Mario Bros scene had me drooling. Oh to be able to ... Note to self: Suggest to Universal Studios that they get started on making THAT attraction. 

Angry Video Game: The Movie is available now on VOD on Vimeo and will be released on DVD/Blu-ray in November. The soundtrack is available on Amazon

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 September 2014 17:05 )  


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