Level Up is out now on digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD.
Level Up, the debut feature from Adam Randall, tackles the idea of a slacker gamer turned reluctant hero with all the gusto one would expect from a film that takes its inspiration from Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty.
When Matt, played by Josh Bowman, discovers his girlfriend has been kidnapped he is forced to do in real life what he – and so many others – have only ever done on screen.
The kicker is that while gamers have the controller, all Matt has is a mobile phone that is regularly used to send him from one bizarre situation to the next.
In short Matt goes from controlling a simulation, much to the chagrin of his put upon partner, to becoming the very simulation he has previously been so keen to get back to.
With a mysterious package fastened to his chest and the demands from his unseen nemeses taking him deeper down the proverbial rabbit hole, Matt must grow a pair or risk losing a woman we discover he cares about far more than even he realised.
It does not always work, with plot holes aplenty if you look hard enough, but this is a fun film that does not outstay its welcome.
It grabs your attention from the outset and never remains in one place too long, ensuring that whatever you feel watching this movie it will not be boredom.
William Houston also deserves an honourable mention as The Businessman who channels Robert Patrick’s T-1000 from Terminator 2 while the superb soundtrack from Plaid adds another layer to proceedings.
With hints of David Fincher’s The Game and the recently released Nerve, Level Up is anything but unique. But it will keep you wondering just what urban hell Matt must live through next, while the ending raises an interesting point about just how far we are willing to go for our next entertainment fix.
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