Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mazes and Monsters

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Mazes and Monsters - 2 out of 5

Believe it or not, in the early 80's people actually believed that playing Dungeons & Dragons was dangerous. Christians claimed it promoted worshiping the devil and parents were told by the media that it can cause delusions as kids playing them would start to believe in the fantasy world they created. That's right, in the early 80's people believed that using your imagination was dangerous.

Of course, we all know this is wrong but in an effort to scare the world, a made-for-TV movie was produced starring Tom Hanks that shows how an impressionable mind can be impacted by those evil Role Playing Games. And by impressionable minds...I mean college students.

Mazes and Monsters follows four college friends who are united by one thing: A love for the RPG Mazes and Monsters (basically Dungeons and Dragons). But in their efforts to level up the game, they decide to bring the game into the "real world" or making it a Live Action RPG. They hit some caves for atmosphere but Tom Hanks' character flips out and starts to believe he's really in the game. With his mind turned to mush, he disappears and it's up to his friends to find him.

The premise is just ridiculous and can bring out a lot of geek rage in people like myself who play D&D. However, my fellow geeks and nerds can easily find this film amusing due to the absurdity of it all. And when you add in shitty acting to its silly story, you can easily find a lot to mock in this lame film. I give this movie a 2 out of 5 because, at it's heart it's a shitty film but it's more deserving of a 5 out of 5 from the unintentional humor it delivers. So, in that sense, it saves...and only takes half damage.

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