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Level Up: The Movie (2011/Warner/Cartoon Network DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: C



The plot is simple enough as a group of four high school students take on a dark creature, named Maldark, when he escapes from the videogame world.  Maldark brings with him chaos and destruction as videogame creatures such as trolls, demons, and ghouls.  The teens use their collective videogame knowledge to go up against Maldark and his minions.


The film was directed by Peter Lauer, who has directed other great television series like Adventures of Pete & Pete, Arrested Development, Scrubs, and Strangers with Candy.  The film is simple and mainly caters to younger audiences as it spoofs familiar videogames/video game stereotypes.  The acting is fine enough from this group of young actors; especially with the script/source material being rather basic.  The costumes and CGI throughout the film is also fine enough, but has more of the feel of a low budget TV series than a film.


The made for TV film was popular enough to warrant a spin-off television series that is very popular and now in its second season.  The film acted as the pilot for the series.


The technical features are adequate with the video being a standard def 1.78 X 1 widescreen that has nice colors and clarity, but a far cry from High Def.  The sound is a simple Dolby Digital 5.1 surround that has some use of the full speaker range for the action heavy sequences, but comes mostly from the front.


There are a few extras including a music video and a ‘bonus episode’ from the series (entitled ‘Wanted’), but nothing very fantastic to speak of.


Level Up is a fun PG family that leads nicely into the television series.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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