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Dangerous Game

Max Reload and the Nether Blasters (2020) on IMDb

Plot Overview

The investiture of Zimri-Lim by goddess IshtarIn 1984 legendary game developer Eugene Wylder (Greg Grunberg) has hit a mental block before completing his ultimate Nether Dungeons game. In frustration he motors out to “a little dive bar on the out­skirts of the desert” for some liquid inspiration. There at Savant's a mystery man The Harbinger (Richard Lippert) whispers in his besotted ear the needed code & key from “an ancient Sumerian incantation of great evil.” old men playing chess It attempts to suck the souls out of players of board games through the ages. Before Eugene can fore­stall this “super malevolence from the past,” his partner Barton Grabowski has put it into production, so Eugene torches the factory destroying every such game in existence … or so they thought.

computer disksPresent day, a young clerk Max Jenkins (Tom Plumley) at Fallout Games video store, has an unblemished gaming soul the forces of evil want. So The Harbinger drops off on the counter the only Nether Dungeons game in existence. After Max uploads it to his web site, it goes viral threatening humanity. So Max and his motley assortment of confederates must battle dark forces in order to scrub it from the servers.


For such a middling B-movie, its life lessons for a young man are eye-opening, on the order of, (Prov. 30:24) “There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:”

(Prov. 30:25) “The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.” First, start earning income when you are young, in the summer of life, even if it's but little to start with. Max works for minimum wage at a game outlet, “going to work, contributing to society.” He's having to learn not to arrive late and disheveled. He is tasked with cleaning the rest room, yuck, but he's gotta do it. Of similar age Seth (Lukas Gage) “and his douche squad” are in a technical school, and Max's Gramps Jenkins (Martin Kove) offers to foot the bill (“Carpe diem”) for some­thing similar for him. But in the middle of the end credits, we'll see him having opted for a new intern­ship at a gaming company instead. That's okay, too.

(Prov. 30:26) “The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.” Location is crucial. Eugene Wilder swallowed his pride and set up a technical consulting business out of his mother's garage. He's got it all tricked out. He took advantage of the offer of (affordable) space.

(Prov. 30:27) “The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands.” It's important to develop liaisons on one's own. This theme gets worked all through­out the movie, starting with a game that Max cannot win without alliance with two fellow gamers: Max's cute coworker Liz (Hassie Harrison) and his inseparable “Samwise” Reggie (Joey Morgan.) Later they'll have to bring the two game developers into the fold, and one mother, and Steve the delivery guy.

(Prov. 30:28) “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.” The fat spider finds its own dominating niche. The shop owner Chuck (Kevin Smith) dons a haptic feed­back vest and enters a VR world where he stays for two days. The vest allows him to feel the sensations of the virtual world he's in, much like the spider in its web attuned to every vibration. As Chuck puts it, “You don't play the game; you are the game.” Same with that spider: The spider isn't playing a game with the insect; the spider is the game. So is the entrepreneur in his custom-made niche.

Production Values

” (2020) was written and directed by Jeremy Tremp and Scott Conditt. It stars Richard Lippert, Hassie Harrison, and Tom Plumley. Plumley was great as lead Max Reload. Kevin Smith gave his erst­while Silent Bob a voice. In general the acting was adequate but with­­out much depth. Jennifer Jones Nesbit was awe­some in her bit part shepherding her naive kid out of the scary video store.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

The plot had a lot of potential but didn't go very far, the special effects were prolific if cheesy, the actors had good stage presence but were easily forgotten, and the sound track can leave your ears ringing if nothing else. The (raunchy) humor was saved to run concurrent with the end credits. All in all for a B-movie it was pretty good, but I wouldn't make it my first choice.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Decent action scenes. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Special effects: Well done cheesy special effects. Video Occasion: Better than watching TV. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Two and a half stars out of five.