Mini Review - Pixels

Pixels (out Sep 10) sees the Earth come under attack from an alien race whose weapons replicate famous arcade game characters from the 1980s (e.g. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong). The emphasis is on explosions, spectacle and goofy characters which makes me think it’s aimed at a younger crowd. Why then is the only teenage cast member pushed so deeply into the background? A disappointment. Grade: C+.